East Kent baby deaths: Trust was short of staff Published 15 October 2021
There were not enough maternity staff to keep mothers and babies safe at a hospital trust at the centre of a baby deaths scandal, inspectors have found.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found at times staff numbers were so low at the East Kent Hospitals Trust that women had to be transferred to different hospitals during labour. Since 2011, 15 babies have died in the trust’s care.
The trust said it was committed to providing a safe, high-quality service. Unannounced inspections of the trust’s maternity services and services for children and young people were carried out in July. The CQC said it investigated after receiving “information of concern” about the services and it was also following up on the progress of previous improvements the trust had been told to make.