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Hospital where 42 babies died in bungling maternity unit receives £ 1m 'good care' bonus

A HOSPITAL where 42 babies and three mums died in a bungling maternity unit received a £ 1million “good care” bonus.

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust told the legal arm of the NHS that it met ten safety standards laid down by the Maternity Incentive Scheme.

Rhiannon Davies lost her daughter Kate at the hospital in 2009
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Credit: PA:Press Association Rhiannon Davies lost her daughter Kate at the hospital in 2009 Credit: PA: Press Association
Between 1979 and 2017 42 babies and three mothers died at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
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Credit: Getty Images - Getty Between 1979 and 2017 42 babies and three mothers died at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust Credit: Getty Images-Getty

But inspectors from the Care Quality Commission rated its maternity services “inadequate” just weeks after it received the £ 953,391.

Care at the Trust has been under the spotlight since April 2017 when it was revealed mums and babies had died unnecessarily.

A damning report leaked last month said blundering doctors, midwives and bosses worked unchecked in a “toxic” culture for 40 years.

It singled out the deaths of 42 babies and three mums between 1979 and 2017.

More than 50 tots suffered permanent brain damage after being deprived of oxygen during birth, with hundreds more complaints.

'TOXIC' CULTURE

NHS Resolution launched the incentive scheme in 2018 with a view to improving maternity care and reducing the cost of errors.

Trusts nationwide had to assess whether they met ten standards, including workforce development and acting on patient concerns.

Trust boards self-certified and these were not verified by NHS Resolution.

Rhiannon Davies, whose daughter Kate died at the Trust in 2009, said it should pay the money back.

She added: "They self-certified that they met the 10 standards, the board signed it off and they received no scrutiny, it is more lies.

The incentive money was paid in September, while the CQC was conducting its inspection, with their report published in November.

Inspectors were forced to take enforcement action to ensure care was immediately improved.

Rhiannon, who was pregnant with daughter Kate in this picture, said the hospital should be forced to pay back the money they received
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Credit: PA:Press Association Rhiannon, who was pregnant with daughter Kate in this picture, said the hospital should be forced to pay back the money they received Credit: PA: Press Association

The trust has paid out almost £ 50million for maternity errors since 2006, a Freedom of Information request reveals.

Some 82 claims for damages against the trust had been successful since 2006/7, costing the NHS £ 47,568,755.

The largest single category was cerebral palsy.

Nine babies were left with the condition as a result of medical errors, forcing the trust to pay out more than £ 25million.

Further pay-outs may follow as the investigation in to the Trust is continuing.

The Trust said: "Evidence of the trust's progress against the ten safety actions was shared with committees before being submitted to the trust board.

"The content of the report was also shared with the trust's commissioners."

NHS Resolution said it was unable to comment on specific trust cases.

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