Magazine article Public Finance

Reid Sends in Team to Overhaul Maternity Unit

Magazine article Public Finance

Reid Sends in Team to Overhaul Maternity Unit

Article excerpt

A team of surgeons and nurses has been drafted into a failing London maternity hospital by the government.

The team, led by obstetrics surgeon Professor Arul Kumaran, was ordered in by Health secretary John Reid after an investigation uncovered serious system failures' at Northwick Park Hospital in Northwest London.

Ten mothers have died at the hospital in the past three years, where some 5,000 births are recorded each year. This is five times the national average. In the UK, an average of about one mother in 8,700 dies in childbirth.

Kumaran's team will seek to ensure clinical care and mothers' safety at the unit. Caesarean deliveries will now be carried out at the private Portland Hospital to relieve services at Northwick Park.

The Healthcare Commission has begun an investigation to see if the deaths were linked.

Problems had been brewing at Northwick Park for some time. Last August, the commission was invited by the trust to investigate maternity services at the hospital. At that time, nine deaths had occurred. But after it was told at the beginning of April of a tenth death, the commission carried out an unannounced spot check. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.