Police investigate maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust

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Police have launched an investigation into allegations of poor maternity care at an NHS trust.

West Mercia police confirmed it is examining claims made about Shrewsbury and Telford NHS hospital trust.

The trust is currently subject to an independent inquiry led by Donna Ockenden. Police confirmed they met Ockenden and representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Improvement on Tuesday.

Assistant chief constable Geoff Wessell said a police investigation will explore whether there is evidence to support a criminal case “against the trust or any individuals involved”.

He 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.”

The Guardian

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