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‘Hundreds more cases’ in Shropshire maternity scandal

‘Hundreds more cases’ in Shropshire maternity scandal

Health
More than 200 new families have contacted an inquiry into mother and baby deaths at a hospital trust in Shropshire.Investigators were already looking at more than 600 cases where newborns and mothers died or were left injured while in the care of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust. One expert says the scandal, spanning decades, may be the tip of the iceberg.Dr Bill Kirkup says it suggests failure might be more widespread in the NHS.Maternity failingsThe surge in new cases follows the leak of an interim report last week. The leaked report, compiled by the maternity expert Donna Ockenden for NHS Improvement, outlined a catalogue of maternity failings from 1979 to the present day that led to avoidable deaths of mothers and ba...
Shareholders are betting on the comeback of Destination Maternity

Shareholders are betting on the comeback of Destination Maternity

Finance
Shareholders at Gullane Capital Partners are betting on a comeback for maternity apparel retailer Destination Maternity. While it hasn't been exactly rosy for the company — with sales weighed down by challenges so far, and a slow entry into e-commerce, Trip Miller, managing partner of Gullane Capital Partners, believes that things are looking up. "There's just a myriad of opportunities here to generate value," Trip Miller, managing partner of Gullane Capital Partners told CNBC. His firm owns 3.4 percent of the company's outstanding shares. "Mo...
Maternity mistakes: Lapses lead to mistake every five births

Maternity mistakes: Lapses lead to mistake every five births

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceTens of thousands of mothers and babies in England were harmed by potential lapses in maternity care in the past two years, the BBC has learned.More than 276,000 incidents were logged by worried hospital staff between April 2015 and March 2017 - the equivalent of one mistake for every five births.Most were minor or near misses, but almost a quarter of the incidents led to the mother or baby being harmed - and in 288 cases there was a death.Ministers said safety must be improved.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC it was his "top priority"."Mistakes in maternity care can lead to heart-breaking tragedies for mothers and babies."But he said it was encouraging hospitals were being honest as that would help prevent repeat problems.However, child...