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The Independent investigation into maternity & neonatal services at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust published has published its report.  The investigation was established by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, in September 2013.  It was set up in response to a series of maternal & neonatal deaths at the Trust between January 2004 & June 2013.  The report describes failures at almost every level.

It found 20 instances of significant or major failings of care at Furness General Hospital, associated with 3 maternal deaths & the deaths of 16 babies.  It concludes that different clinical care would have been expected to prevent the death of 1 mother & 11 babies.  There are some actions that will be implemented immediately & the government will examine the other recommendations in detail before providing a full response.

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