According to Channel 4 News and The Independent, between 2010 and 2020, 46 babies had brain damage, 19 of them born in Nottingham. More than 91 million m of damages and expenses have already been paid to the families of the victims, the report said.
In response to this scandal, the Managing Director of Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) said: “We apologize from the bottom of our hearts.” NUH operates the Queen’s Medical Center (QMC) and Nottingham City Hospital.
In recent years, the maternity wards of the two hospitals have been the subject of numerous complaints from families, as well as from many managers and staff at these hospitals.
Last year, inspectors from the Maintenance Quality Commission (CQC) called both sections “inadequate”, highlighting serious concerns among ineligible and understaffed staff. Last year, there were 73 vacancies for midwives in these hospitals.
In addition to cases related to brain damage and childbirth, a recent investigation reported 15 more deaths, highlighting deficiencies in investigations carried out in previous years.
In some cases, he says, “important medical notes are missing or not written, while others are not entirely accurate.”
The thrilling details of these investigations were reduced by the hospital management to alleviate the problems with both hospitals. One person decided to warn the English daily The Independent that one of the biggest budgets in the public health system was to allow hospital officials to set up staff shortages, appeals were often ignored by midwives and some incidents were brought under the carpet.