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Doctors refused to work weekends and nights at an NHS trust where at least seven preventable baby deaths may have occurred since 2016, it has been claimed.
Harry Richford was born at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) Hospital in Margate in November 2017 after he suffered complications in his delivery and aftercare, dying just seven days later.
East - Kent - NHS - Trust - Hospitals
The East Kent NHS trust, which runs five hospitals, apologised to families for not providing 'the right standard of care for every woman and baby in our hospitals' at the start of an inquest.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists reported there were three to four consultants who 'consistently' failed to attend the maternity wards out of hours.
Report - Independent - 'This - Practice - Incident
The report, seen by The Independent, added: 'This unacceptable practice has continued not to be addressed despite repeated incident reporting, with the result that this unit has developed a culture of failing to challenge these poorly performing consultants.'
An audit in 2016 found consultant attendance rate of just 68 per cent at the Margate unit.
BBC - Families - Concerns - Problems
The BBC spoke to families who had major concerns and problems but are not willing to go public.
An inquest into the death of baby Harry is likely to conclude in criticism of the trust today. It began with the trust apologising for the standard of care they had given the infant.
Investigation - Series - Deaths - Maternity - Care
An investigation has unearthed a series of other preventable deaths and poor maternity care.
Archie Powell died aged four days old on February 14 last year after becoming ill shortly after he was born.
Medics - Twin - Bowel - Problem - Infection
Medics treated the twin for a bowel problem but failed to spot he was suffering from the common infection group B streptococcus despite him showing all its symptoms.
The delay in treatment sparked severe brain damage and he die at a neo-natal unit...
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