The Ockenden review of maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has published its final report.
In response to the report, Helen Mactier President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) and Consultant Neonatologist said:
We want to thank Donna and her team for their work to bring together this report, which must have been at times extremely distressing. Our thoughts go to the families who have been harmed by the policies and culture at the Trust these past decades.
All neonatal professionals are absolutely clear that women and babies are safest when the entire perinatal team works and trains together and where there are the right levels of resourcing for maternity and neonatal services. And when things do go wrong, we must all work together and learn from mistakes in an open and honest forum.
We are pleased that the Review team has endorsed the recommendations of the Neonatal Critical Care Review and agree with comments made by staff at the Trust, that there needs to be independent external scrutiny of serious incidents to facilitate improvement.
As an organisation we will now review and reflect upon the recommendations and support improvements which could impact positively on outcomes for mothers, babies and their families in this Trust and across the entire system.