Nottingham maternity scandal: Inquiry required as babies die in ‘avoidable circumstances’

More than 200 babies and nine mothers died over a five-year period at one of the UK’s biggest maternity units. An independent inquiry must be convened into the maternity scandal at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, MPs have said, as it emerged that more than 200 babies and nine mothers died over a five-year period. The trust was first placed into special measures in 2018, and has since been rated as inadequate. It was taken over by NHS Improvement in 2019 and has had a new chief executive and chair appointed. Several inquiries have already been launched into the trust, including one by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), one by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and an internal inquiry by the trust itself. However, MPs have said that an independent inquiry is needed to get to the bottom of what went wrong and to ensure that lessons are learned. The health and social care select committee, which is conducting its own inquiry into the scandal, said in a statement: .

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