A premature newborn was left to die in a sluice room at a declining NHS Trust hospital in Manchester. The newborn, which was born too early to revive, was not cared for the two hours of her brief life and died alone in a place utilised for the distribution of medical garbage.
The upsetting occurrence was reported in a confidential private report into continuing deficits, poor team attitudes and clinical failures in the maternity departments of North Manchester General and Royal Oldham hospitals. A study of maternity services at Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the two hospitals, was acquired through Freedom of Information inquiries by the Manchester Evening News.
It described a series of preventable deaths and long-term injuries made by failures over numerous years. The article described how one woman perished of a disastrous hemorrhage after her manifestations were put down to mental collapse and another was left with a colostomy because her condition was missed three times.
It further stated the Trust was putting women at unacceptable danger by taking on too many high-risk gestations at North Manchester General owing to the absence of beds at Oldham. The infant was born just ahead of the statutory age of viability, which is about 23 weeks. As by recommendation, workers did not attempt to keep her alive, however, the statement announced basic empathy was missing.
When the baby was born alive and went on to live for about another two hours, the team affiliates associated with the administration did not obtain a calm spot to remain with her to nurse her as she departed. They instead put her in a Moses basket and left her in the sluice room to die alone.
Long-term failures in the departments led to great levels of harm for babies in particular and reiterated warnings over years had not led to changes. The newspaper announced the trust sought to quash the story and even pretended it did not exist.
The article distinguished plain indication of bad decision-making which has resulted in significant injury to women and genuine problems on maternity wards.
This resulted in large levels of abuse for infants in particular, which has a vital life-long impact. The Trust had a huge reliance on locum workers, more than one-third of the specialist employees, and as such was quite vague in its structure and lacked particular abilities and capabilities, which had directed to adverse consequences for the women.
In one case, a newborn died because its mother had a unique blood type which workers declined to recognise. It quoted disturbing repeated problems across the administration, comprising failures to monitor fundamental important symptoms, bad documentation, important lab results that went unchecked, and important lost data left off patient records.
The trust announced that extra help had been taken on and improvement was being made to enhance care. A report outlined a set mindset amongst workers who favoured to see patients conditions as uncomplicated and repeated violation of the patient’s welfare methods and inadequate enforcement monitoring of the large amounts of agency workers on the trust’s books.
The Trust received numerous legal suits and spent out more in losses than any other mid-2010 and 2015, almost half of them correlating to mothers and babies, payouts which calculated at higher than £25 million.
The precedence is for all of the trust’s duties to reach the lofty criteria that patients demand and warrant. Evidently, they are unwaveringly making the needed changes so that patients can get safe, high-quality care across all of their services.
In addition to the placement of a new Head of Midwifery, 31 new midwives started in post across the two maternity units at North Manchester and Oldham last month.
One episode recognises that a newborn died following childbirth as the mother was not identified through her antenatal supervision as being rhesus negative and given the proper treatment to stop any opposing impacts on her baby.
Nevertheless, this is not good enough, no baby should die because of a clerical mistake. Obviously this was not intentionally done, however, this should not have happened in the first place, and the pain that a family has to face when they lose a newborn is so immense, and further preparation should be given to staff, and if there are not enough funds to do so, then the government must find it, and fast before any more deaths happen.
There have been too many cutbacks to the NHS by our government, this is fact. This is a conscious action by our government to cut funds to accumulate wealth, however, when you are bartering with life, there are no cutbacks to conserve funds, we are dealing with human beings, living people, with lifeblood coursing through their veins, you simply can’t put a figure on that.
Human beings are priceless!