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City councils are calling for NHS trust bosses to resign over maternity scandal

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Senior managers of an NHS trust are urged to resign from local councils after criticism of the trust’s culture and widespread bullying.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Health Review Committee Chairman has called on Nottingham University Hospitals Trust Chairman Eric Morton to resign, along with Keith Girling, the Trust’s medical director.

Councilor Sue Saddington, chair of the council’s audit committee, said she would write to Health Secretary Sajid Javid about concerns about the trust’s governance.

An investigation by LatestPageNews and Channel 4 News had previously uncovered dozen cases of negligent baby deaths and injuries that cost millions of pounds in compensation. Families have accused trust of covering up mistakes and not learning from mistakes.

More than 30 babies have died at the foundation in the past ten years, and 46 children have suffered brain damage.

The Trust is facing an independent review of its maternity services, which still has significant staffing levels.

The trust’s chairman, Tracey Taylor, resigned last month over the aftermath of being infected with Covid-19.

The Care Quality Commission has criticized Trust for being widespread bullying by senior managers.

At a council control panel meeting this week, city councils criticized the lack of improvement and said the trust should be subject to a public inquiry.

Several councilors shared personal stories from their own experiences in the maternity service.

Councilor Michelle Welsh said she spoke to fathers who had been left without access to food or sleeping for hours after being stillborn. She said, “You slept on window sills.” She asked the council to write to the Minister of Health.

Councilor Johno Lee said at the meeting that his daughter almost died after her emergency birth.

He said, “We were harassed by the hospital staff to make sure we wouldn’t sue, but we were just glad to have our daughter alive.

“A few years later, my son was born healthy, and my wife had emergency surgery that nearly killed her, and liability was again accepted.

“My little boy and I were left alone for two hours. No food was delivered. I’m pretty pissed off about the constant mistakes of the hospital and the leadership and they don’t learn from their mistakes. The leadership has to go.”

Commenting on the meeting, Cllr Saddington said: “This committee is very concerned about the delivery of the maternity services at the NUH, and particularly about its leadership. We need to fully understand what went wrong and why no progress is being made.

“The senior management is running a maternity ward in crisis. I think the former management should go. We can no longer sit here and let this go on. We will write to the foreign minister instead of sitting here like a burden.” of muppets waiting for something to happen. “

In a statement after the meeting, she said she believed that both Mr. Morton and Dr. Girling should step down, adding, “The leadership team is running a maternity ward in crisis. It’s a damning report and I hold the leadership team that was in office before June 2021 fully accountable. “

New chief nurse Michelle Rhodes, who joined in June this year, said 20 new midwives had been hired and would be in office by the end of January along with four new obstetricians.

She said, “The staff is exhausted after the last two years and morale is really low. We work hard to keep women and babies safe.

“We recognize that we still have great strides to make to ensure that our maternity service provides the best possible care for women and their babies.

“We are wholeheartedly committed to making and maintaining improvements, and while we have more work to do, we see some areas of change and improvement.”

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