Par­ents slam NHS trust over baby’s death

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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

Pic­tures: PA

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