Clegg backs calls for in­quiry into ma­ter­nity unit deaths

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LIB Dem leader Nick Clegg has backed calls for a full in­quiry into the deaths of seven ba­bies and three mums at two Greater Manch­ester ma­ter­nity units in the space of just eight months.

Mr Clegg called for a ‘root and branch’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the tragedies, back­ing calls from Labour leader Ed Miliband and Black­ley and Broughton’s Labour can­di­date Gra­ham Stringer.

On a visit to Hazel Grove in Stock­port, he said: “It seems to me we owe it to the fam­i­lies and the chil­dren who have been left be­hind fol­low­ing th­ese deaths for there to be a proper root and branch en­quiry.

“You can’t re­ally re­store a com­mu­nity’s con­fi­dence in those ma­ter­nity ser­vices un­til that hap­pens.

“I’m like any­body else; I cher­ish our NHS. I want our NHS to be pro­tected.

“We want an NHS which is big enough to have a hard look at it­self in the mir­ror when things go wrong.

“We’ve seen some ter­ri­ble hos­pi­tal scan­dals in the past. We’ve seen the need to re­ally lift the lid on hos­pi­tals and the way they’re run when things go wrong.”

Politi­cians de­manded a full in­quiry into the deaths at Royal Old­ham and North Manch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tals af­ter our sis­ter pa­per the M.E.N. re­vealed the find­ings of an ex­ter­nal re­view.

Bosses at Pen­nine Acute NHS Trust, which runs both hos­pi­tals, called in out­side ex­perts in light of the 10 tragedies be­tween De­cem­ber 2013 and July last year.

A sum­mary of the re­view shows in­ves­ti­ga­tors found there was a ‘no­table ab­sence of clin­i­cal lead­er­ship in both med­i­cal and mid- wifery teams’ which re­sulted in a ‘fail­ure to ad­e­quately plan care’ in a num­ber of cases in­volv­ing ba­bies.

Bosses are in the process of pro­duc­ing an ac­tion plan based on the rec­om­men­da­tions from the find- ings and have called in out­side ex­perts to re­view the 10 deaths. But politi­cians have called for a fullscale en­quiry.

Mr Stringer, Labour can­di­date for the Black­ley and Broughton seat and MP for the area at the time of the deaths, blasted the hos­pi­tals’ ‘se­crecy’ over the ex­ter­nal re­view.

The fam­i­lies of the ba­bies and mums were not told about it un­til it was to be re­vealed in the M.E.N. Last week the M.E.N. told of dad Chris Barnes’ dev­as­ta­tion af­ter his fi­ancée Lianne Hin­dle died within hours of giv­ing birth at North Manch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal – three hours af­ter hav­ing daugh­ter Poppy.

Lianne, from Bury, died at North Manch­ester Gen­eral last De­cem­ber – so her death fell out­side the scope of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

of Sal­ford vot­ers have been left scratch­ing their heads af­ter elec­tion chiefs accidentally told them to vote for Manch­ester coun­cil­lors on May 7.

With a month left to polling day, Manch­ester town hall has is­sued in­cor­rect polling cards to house­holds across the Sal­ford coun­cil wards of Broughton and Ker­sal.

They state that in the lo­cal elec­tion on May 7, held at the same time as the gen­eral, they will be elect­ing coun­cil­lors to Manch­ester town hall.

They will in fact be vot­ing for Sal­ford coun­cil­lors.

Manch­ester coun­cil is han­dling the polling cards for the en­tire Black­ley and Broughton con­stituency, which is split be­tween Manch­ester and Sal­ford lo­cal author­ity ar­eas.

Manch­ester town hall bosses are now rush­ing to re-is­sue the cards af­ter ‘ex­tremely up­set’ Sal­ford coun­cil­lors com­plained.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “Due to a print­ing er­ror th­ese poll cards in­cor­rectly state they re­late to elec­tions for a Manch­ester city coun­cil­lor. This should read for a Sal­ford city coun­cil­lor. This was an ad­min­is­tra­tive over­sight and we apol­o­gise for any con­fu­sion. Re­place­ment cards will be sent to vot­ers as soon as pos­si­ble.”

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