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Derbyshire Healthcare Trust will 'assess jury's conclusions'

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has said in a statement they 'welcome' a coroner's findings after an inquest into the deaths of a pregnant mother and her son found that they were unlawfully killed by her former partner.

Rachael Slack, 38, and her son Auden were stabbed to death by her ex-partner Andrew Cairns, in 2010.

Professor Steve Trenchard, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"We would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Rachael, Auden and Andrew for their loss of a loved one in this tragedy."

"We welcome the coroner's findings that there was no evidence presented over the past six weeks regarding Andrew’s care that a jury could properly consider was in breach of Article Two of the European Convention of Human Rights."

“We will assess the jury’s conclusions and coroner's comments in more detail as part of our determination to be always changing, always improving, to meet the needs of the people of Derbyshire we serve."

"Immediately after this incident in 2010, we launched our own investigation into the full circumstances behind it."

"We developed and delivered a far-reaching action plan to improve the quality of our care and take it to new levels of best practice wherever possible.”


Poignant Rachael and Auden Slack footage released

Moving footage of Rachael & Auden Slack waving goodbye in a touching family video has been released as an inquest into their deaths closed today. The video was uploaded to Refuge's YouTube channel.

The charity are teaming up with Rachael's family to call for a public inquiry into the response of the police and other authorities to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

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