'Avoidable' baby deaths at NHS trust: Three potential new cases

Tom Parmenter, News Correspondent

More families have come forward to complain about medical negligence at an NHS Trust that has already offered its "unreserved" apologies to parents who lost babies there.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is currently under investigation after the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered a review into the deaths.

At least seven babies died at the Trust between September 2014 and May 2016 - the deaths were deemed to be avoidable.

Other families have claimed that they too have been let down by failings at the Trust.

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, who represent several of the bereaved families, have told Sky News that three potential new cases had been in touch with them in the past 24 hours.

Kay Kelly, who leads the firm's medical negligence team, told Sky News: "We have many, many cases at the moment preceding and being investigated that relate to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust."

"It tells me that these seven cases that have been reported are definitely not the only ones" she added.

The NHS Trust has offered their "unreserved apologies" to the families involved but said their death rates are in line with national averages.

Medical director Dr Edwin Borman explained that fundamental, far-reaching reviews and retraining programmes have significantly improved maternity care across their sites in Shropshire in recent months.

He told Sky News: "It is important to recognise that people make mistakes and part of the responsibility of the organisation is to recognise that and to come up with ways in which we can minimise the risk."

The NHS Trust say they have voluntarily asked external bodies to review and evaluate their services alongside cooperating with the investigation ordered by the Secretary of State.

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