Hospital trust may face criminal charges for maternity scandal where babies died

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A hospital trust is facing possible criminal charges over the deaths of babies and mums in a suspected ‘maternity scandal’.

Police will investigate Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust, West Mercia Police said in a statement.

The Trust is currently subject to an independent inquiry, led by Donna Ockenden.

Police confirmed that they met with Ms Ockenden and representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Improvement on Tuesday.

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Wessell said: “Today, 30 June 2020, we have met with NHS Improvement, The Department of Health and the independent reviewer to discuss complaints made against Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust in relation to maternity services and provision. The independent review is ongoing.

“We can confirm that a police investigation will be conducted to explore whether there is evidence to support a criminal case either against the Trust or any individuals involved.

“The investigation is now live so we are unable to comment any further at this time.”

An inquiry looking into the deaths of mums and babies who died or were harmed at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust is now investigating more than 1,000 cases, it was revealed earlier this year.