Dad and mom of infants who died at a hospital belief on the centre of a maternity inquiry say a police investigation has come “too late”.
West Mercia Police stated it was looking at whether or not there was “proof to assist a felony case” at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Belief.
An unbiased evaluate, contacted by greater than 1,000 households, stated it was working with police to determine related instances.
“It is bittersweet,” one mom stated.
“It is come too late for my daughter, she ought to nonetheless be right here,” stated Tasha Turner, whose child, Esmai, died 4 days after she was born at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in 2013.
Ms Turner’s case is a part of the Ockenden Evaluation, an independent investigation into avoidable baby deaths on the belief, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal.
Kamaljit Uppal, 50, from Telford, who can also be a part of the evaluate following the death of her son Manpreet in April 2003 at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, stated she hoped the police inquiry would convey some closure.
“The belief put me via hell, somebody ought to be held accountable,” she stated.
Conservative MP for Telford, Lucy Allan, who has raised the difficulty in Parliament on a variety of events, stated she too hoped the police inquiry would “guarantee justice is completed”.
Donna Ockenden, who’s main the evaluate, stated she was chatting with the pressure to determine “instances that could be related” to the police investigation however stated its inquiry “won’t have an effect on the progress of the maternity evaluate” which is because of launch its preliminary findings this yr.
In April, Mrs Ockenden stated the variety of households involved in the review stood at 1,170.
“It is bittersweet for me, I would like justice for my daughter, however I actually simply want she was right here,” Ms Turner stated.
Regulator the Care High quality Fee (CQC) inspected the belief in June and “recognized some new and ongoing considerations round affected person security”, Heidi Smoult, CQC’s deputy chief inspector of hospitals stated.
“Pressing discussions are going down… about the best way ahead for this belief that may guarantee the security of sufferers utilizing its companies,” Ms Smoult added.
She stated the report could be printed “as quickly because the authorized course of permits”.