Hospital inspectors probe Nottingham NHS trust over three baby deaths

2023-09-10 23:10:43  • 3 mins

By Michael Buchanan

Social affairs correspondent, BBC News

Hospital inspectors are investigating an NHS trust over the deaths of three babies.

Nottingham University Hospitals trust could be prosecuted over the deaths of the infants in 2021 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A police investigation has already been announced into the trust's maternity services.

The trust said it was cooperating with the CQC.

The investigation is examining whether the trust failed to provide safe care and treatment during the delivery of the three babies, who died within 14 weeks of each other.

The Nottingham University Hospitals trust is currently at the centre of the largest maternity inquiry in the history of the NHS, with around 1800 cases being examined by a review headed by the senior midwife, Donna Ockenden.

On Thursday, Nottinghamshire police also said they were opening a criminal investigation into the trust's maternity services.

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The deaths the CQC are investigating occurred at the trust's City Hospital in April, June and July of 2021.

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