Parents slam NHS trust over baby’s death
THE parents of a baby who died seven days after his emergency delivery yesterday slammed an NHS trust for “trying to avoid outside scrutiny”.
Sarah and Tom Richford said the death of their son Harry should be a turning point for the trust involved.
Harry died a week after he was born in 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.
Bosses at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said it was with “great sadness” that they accept failing Harry. It comes amid reports that at least seven preventable deaths may have occurred at the trust since 2016.
At Harry’s inquest yesterday, Coroner Christopher SuttonMattocks said that Harry’s death had been “wholly avoidable”.
Afterwards Mr Richford said: “Accidents happen every day, but failing to learn from them appears to have become part of the culture of this NHS trust.”
Sarah and Tom Richford with Harry in hospital and outside the inquest hearing yesterday, right