Dozens of baby deaths at Nottingham hospitals to be investigated by police

Police in Nottingham are commencing an inquiry into a series of infant fatalities at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust. This investigation follows a comprehensive assessment conducted by senior midwife Donna Ockenden.

The probe, which will delve into lapses within the trust’s maternity units situated at the Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospital, is set to be the most extensive of its kind ever conducted in the United Kingdom.

Approximately 1,800 individuals will be contacted as part of this review, initiated in response to a prolonged campaign by grieving families seeking answers.

Chief Constable Kate Meynell expressed, “On Wednesday, I held a meeting with Donna Ockenden to discuss her independent review into maternity cases of potentially significant concern at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the ongoing work.

We aim to collaborate with the review while ensuring that we do not impede its progress. Nevertheless, I can confirm that we are preparing to launch a police investigation. I have appointed Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin to oversee the preparations and the subsequent inquiry.”

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