Following on from the recent publication of the Ockenden review, hundreds of families have raised concerns about maternity services at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and the review that has been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement.
There are concerns about the pace of the review and families have questioned the independence of the review team.
The Ockenden review highlighted the ineffectiveness of internal reviews that had been undertaken previously into the services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospitals Trust, and understandably the families have concerns that the NHS review into Nottingham maternity services will be inadequate.
The families are calling for Ms Ockenden and her team to take over the review and believe that this will lead to many more families coming forward who have received poor care at the Trust.
Maternity services at Nottingham City Hospital and Queen's Medical Centre have been rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission since 2020. Inspections found poor risk management in the services threatened mothers’ and babies’ safety.
As Ms Ockenden highlighted in her review, her concerns were not specific to the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust and applied to many maternity services across the country. Nottingham University Hospitals Trust is another such trust and it's hard to comprehend that the failings identified in the Ockenden report are so widespread with so many families affected across the country.
Until thorough reviews into maternity services take place and the recommendations clearly acted upon, this will, unfortunately, remain the case and this is the concern of the families in Nottingham.
We act on behalf of a number of families who have very sadly received poor maternity care that has resulted in devastating consequences.
If you have any concerns about the treatment you or a loved one have received and wish to discuss matters further please contact us.