Birth Tragedy Midwife May Be Struck off; A Private Hospital Faces New Negligence Cases

By Ellis, Rachel | The Mail on Sunday (London, England), January 27, 2002 | Go to article overview

Birth Tragedy Midwife May Be Struck off; A Private Hospital Faces New Negligence Cases


Ellis, Rachel, The Mail on Sunday (London, England)


Byline: RACHEL ELLIS

MIDWIFE at one of Britain's most exclusive private hospitals faces being struck off after being blamed for the death of Laura Touche.

The nurses' disciplinary body has launched an investigation following an inquest into the tragedy at London's Portland Hospital.

A coroner said last month that neglect there contributed to 31-year-old lawyer Mrs Touche's death after she gave birth to twins.

He also criticised a lack of monitoring by midwife Grace Bartholomew at the hospital, which has treated mothers including Victoria Beckham and the Duchess of York The investigation by the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting follows a complaint last week by Laura's husband, Peter.

Miss Bartholomew, from North London, worked regularlyat the hospital.

However, while she had 26 years' experience, the last midwifery training she underwent was in 1985.

The launch of the UKCC investigation comes as the prestigious hospital faces at least two more negligence cases.

Details of the cases cannot be revealed for legal reasons, but one involves the treatment of a baby at the hospital.

Another woman who underwent a Caesarean birth at the Portland earlier this month had to be transferred to the NHS Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after her bowel was perforated during surgery. …

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