From BBC Essex today:
An NHS hospital where a woman bled to death in childbirth has been given an “urgent” deadline to keep patients at its maternity unit safe. A letter seen by the BBC reveals the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found unsafe staffing levels at the unit at Basildon Hospital throughout August. The CQC said the trust that runs it had until next Monday to implement appropriate measures. The trust said it had a “robust improvement plan in place”.
It’s a horror story. Findings from the latest inspection included:
Only four shifts throughout the month of in August had safe staffing levels
The CQC was told 20 midwives had been recruited, yet subsequent documents submitted by the trust did not support this
Required safety meetings during shift handovers did not take take place
Incidents affecting patient safety were inappropriately categorised, including one in which a woman who lost more than a litre a blood was graded “no harm”
Babies were transferred to intensive care, yet graded as “low” or “no harm”
Inconsistent guidance to staff on identifying the risk of post-partum haemorrhage.
The hospital is in a safe Tory seat.
You can probably imagine if this had happened in a Scottish hospital, how BBC Scotland would have presented the story. Even with one case of a child where a hospital acquired infection might have contributed to a death, we saw this day after day:
And where a Labour politician saw the opportunity to exploit the death for political gain we saw:
Evidence the above is not a ‘one-of‘: