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Police investigating baby deaths at Countess of Chester hospital

Cheshire police have launched an investigation into an unusually high rate of baby deaths and collapses at the Countess of Chester hospital between June 2015 and June 2016.

Det Ch Supt Nigel Wenham said the foundation trust had contacted police this month regarding neonatal services at the hospital and that the force would examine the deaths of 15 babies and the collapses of six.

“Cheshire constabulary has launched an investigation, which will focus on the deaths of eight babies that occurred between that period where medical practitioners have expressed concern,” he said.

“In addition, the investigation will also conduct a review of a further seven baby deaths and six non-fatal collapses during the same period.”

 

Last November a report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) found that staffing at the hospital’s neonatal unit, which reported a “higher than usual” number of baby deaths, was inadequate.

Read more in The Guardian.

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