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Nottinghamshire county councillors meet Health Secretary Sajid Javid and call for public inquiry into maternity services at Nottingham's two main hospitals

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid met members of Nottinghamshire County Council to discuss calls for a public inquiry into maternity services at Nottingham’s two main hospitals.

Mr Javid met Sue Saddington on November 12 alongside Matt Barney to accept a letter outlining their concerns.

Mrs Saddington, who chairs the council’s health scrutiny committee, said enough was enough following a series of baby deaths and injuries at the Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital, where maternity services are currently rated inadequate.

Sajid Javid (52890442)
Sajid Javid (52890442)

Both hospitals are run by Nottinghamshire University Hospitals Trust.

In an earlier letter to Mr Javid, Mrs Saddington wrote it was time for the old guard to stand aside to make way for new leadership at the trust to enable it to return to being a centre of excellence.

She added recent updates on the trust’s progress to improve maternity services were the clearest possible indication the current NUH leadership was not be able to deliver improvement with the speed and vigour that was required.

Nottingham University Hospitals' Queen's Medical Centre. Picture: LDRS
Nottingham University Hospitals' Queen's Medical Centre. Picture: LDRS

She wrote: “My committee will continue to hold NUH to account for the services it provides, however, I believe that there is sufficient public concern for a full public inquiry to be launched into the historic failures of NUH maternity services. The purpose of the inquiry would be to ensure that the trust does not ever again allow its maternity services to decline to this extent.

“I respectfully request that you initiate an inquiry. One of the first things to determine will be how far back the inquiry investigates. Former staff have drawn attention in the media to the shortcomings of NUH leadership, for example, senior midwife Sue Brydon, who may be key in determining these historic parameters.”

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust is also rated requires improvement overall.

Member Michelle Welsh has also put forward a motion to full council calling for an independent government inquiry, seconded by Penny Gowland.

Nottingham parents Jack and Sarah Hawkins, whose baby Harriet was stillborn in April 2016, are also backing the calls.

NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) are currently carrying out their own review into maternity incidents, complaints and concerns at the trust but Ms Welsh said this was not enough.

Mrs Saddington added in a statement: “I am pleased to say that our concerns have been put in a letter to the Health Secretary and, at a recent event, he assured both myself and councillor Barney that this would be referred to the Health Minister and dealt with accordingly.

“The maternity services issue at NUH is one we feel needs urgent attention and I am delighted that the Health Minister will be looking into it immediately and responding to our public inquiry request.”

Chief nurse for Nottingham University Hospitals, Michelle Rhodes, said in a statement issued last week: “We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the families using our services get the best possible care and are fully co-operating with the on-going independent review.”

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