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The MP for Walsall North has told ITV News Central he is surprised that a hospital in his constituency has stored the remains of unborn babies.
There has been a delay in the cremation of miscarried and aborted foetuses at Walsall Manor Hospital, it has been revealed.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust says the foetuses were not cremated due to an error where staff failed to sent the correct forms to the mortuary.
The Trust says the remains range from very early pregnancy (5 weeks) up to 21 weeks pregnancy, mainly as the result of terminations and miscarriages. Most are from 2012 and 2013.
ITV News Central has learnt 73 of the 86 samples were below 12 weeks in gestation.
It says remains will be appropriately disposed of in line with its usual processes.
An immediate internal investigation is taking place while the hospital will be inspected by the Human Tissue Authority on 25 March.
Richard Kirby, Chief Executive of Walsall Manor Hospital, said “It is clear that in some cases the Trust has kept remains following terminations and miscarriages for longer than we should have done.
“I would like to apologise to each and every patient who has been affected by this and would like to reassure anyone who might be using our services now or in the future of our dedication in ensuring that this situation does not arise again.
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