Shropshire baby deaths: Police investigation into hospital trust

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More than 1,000 families are now involved in the review into claims of poor maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

A police investigation has been launched into a hospital trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry.

More than 1,000 families have contacted an independent review into Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, with cases dating back more than 40 years.

West Mercia Police said it was investigating whether there is “evidence to support a criminal case either against the trust or any individuals involved”.

It said it would not comment further.

The force said it had met with NHS Improvement, the department of Health and the independent reviewer to discuss complaints made against the trust.

It encouraged anyone who has information, but has not yet been in contact with the team behind the independent review, to get in touch.

Louise Barnett, chief executive at the trust, said it would “fully cooperate with the investigation”.

“I would like to reassure all families affected that we are listening and acting on feedback,” she said.

“We are not able to comment further to avoid prejudicing the investigation.”

Led by Donna Ockenden, the independent review is focusing on claims that a number of babies and mothers died or were harmed in the care of the trust.

A leaked report by maternity expert Ms Ockenden

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