Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Unit Where Baby and Mother Died Given Ultimatum

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Unit Where Baby and Mother Died Given Ultimatum

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Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent

A MATERNITY unit where a woman and her unborn baby died because of "unacceptable" standards of care had only one paediatrician looking after 39 patients at the time, it was revealed today.

Women at Queen's Hospital in Romford, where Sareena Ali and her first child died, were often subjected to "significant delays" in going to the operating theatre, forced to go without pain relief, and had to give birth in "inappropriate locations", a report found.

Midwives told how patients were put at risk by staff shortages and how shifts were filled with employees who were told to carry out tasks for which they felt they were not skilled.

The findings are based on four visits to the unit by NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission in January. Two of the inspections took place while Mrs Ali, 27, who suffered a ruptured womb while in the ante-natal ward after being left in "unbearable pain", was in intensive care fighting for her life. …

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