East Kent child deaths: Scale of deaths at belief ‘not clear reduce’


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Media captionEast Kent child deaths: Scale ‘not clear reduce’

The boss of an NHS belief on the centre of issues about preventable child deaths has claimed the dimensions of the failings just isn’t clearly outlined.

Susan Acott, chief government of East Kent Hospitals Trust, stated there had solely been “six or seven” avoidable deaths on the belief since 2011.

However, the BBC revealed on Monday that the belief beforehand accepted duty for not less than 10.

Ms Acott stated a few of the child deaths have been “not as clear cut”.

A collection of failings got here to mild through the inquest of Harry Richford who died seven days after his delivery on the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate in November 2017.

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Image caption The inquest was advised Harry would have survived however for failings by the hospital

A coroner dominated Harry’s loss of life was “wholly avoidable” and was contributed to by hospital neglect.

Ms Acott added she had not learn a key report from 2015 drawing consideration to maternity issues on the belief till December 2019.

The belief has apologised to the Richford household and Ms Acott says she has provided to satisfy them.

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Image caption Harry Richford suffered irreversible mind injury throughout resuscitation delays

Ms Acott claims that from 2011 to 2020 there have been “about six or seven” child deaths that have been considered as preventable.

She says the opposite deaths have been being investigated including “these things aren’t always black and white”.

Ms Acott stated: “It is not always quite as clear cut as that. That is not to say we shouldn’t learn and shouldn’t investigate.”

Despite the latest preventable loss of life going down in November, Ms Acott stated she believes the belief has improved.

She stated: “I think it is about trying to persist. Are we going about trying to improve our clinical care, are we doing everything that’s expected of us. I think we are.”

She added: “It’s an organisation with a lot of issues and problems, of that there’s no doubt. We have to use the memory of Harry Richford to say we will learn, we will do better and we won’t let this happen again.”

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