East Kent hospital trust being prosecuted over 2017 baby death | UK News

East Kent hospital trust being prosecuted over 2017 baby death | UK News

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is being prosecuted over
the death of baby Harry Richford in 2017, the Care Quality Commission says.

In a statement, the CQC said: “The trust is charged with exposing Harry Richford and his mother Sarah Richford to significant risk of avoidable harm.

“Baby Harry tragically died on the 9 November 2017, seven days after he was born on the 2 November.

Sarah and Tom Richford outside Maidstone Coroner's Court in January after the conclusion of the inquest into the death of their son Harry Richford. Harry died seven days after he was born in November 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) Hospital in Margate.
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Sarah and Tom Richford outside Maidstone Coroner’s Court in January after the conclusion of the inquest into the death of their son.

“The CQC is unable to comment further at this time due to legal restrictions.”

Harry Richford’s family welcomed decision.

In a statement, they said: “We are pleased that the CQC have made the landmark decision in making a criminal prosecution of the East Kent Hospitals Trust regarding the unsafe care and treatment of Sarah and Harry Richford.

“It will now be for the courts to hear all of the evidence that the CQC and our family have amassed over the last three years and to decide whether the clinical care and treatment offered at that time could be considered safe.

“Or whether there was a criminal breach of the duty of care that was clearly owed to both Sarah and Harry at their most vulnerable time.

Care for mothers and newborn babies at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has been heavily criticised following a series of baby deaths.

It’s thought there have been at least seven preventable baby deaths at the Trust since 2016.

Harry died a week after an emergency delivery at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.

An inquest into his death found it was a “wholly avoidable” tragedy.



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