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Fight for justice continues for family of newborn baby who died at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital

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The family of a newborn baby who died at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital say they will continue to campaign for justice for their son.

The boy died in 2014 but an inquest into his death has still not been held.

Jack, who was referred to as Baby A during the NMC proceedings, was only a few hours old when he died. His death shocked the island and exposed a maternity service in crisis.

On Friday, two midwives, Lisa Granville and Tuija Roussel, who were responsible for caring for Jack, were struck off, after the Nursing and Midwifery Council decided their practice was impaired on the grounds of public protection and interest.

A third midwife, Antonia Manousaki, who was a junior at the time, was handed a 12 month suspension.

Today, Jack's family praised both a hospital whistleblower and the NMC, adding that the striking off order was "wholly justified", and welcomed the NMC's work - but say they've 'lost faith' in Guernsey's constitutional and legal processes.

Our son's death was caused by a litany of harrowing failures. The guilty verdicts and the striking-off orders are wholly justified... these sanctions will help towards fostering better midwifery care, supervision and a safe culture for Island families... The fact that our son's inquest may be held some four years after his death is shameful and demonstrates a complete breakdown in Guernsey's constitutional and legal machinery.

– Jack's family

ITV News has contacted the Health & Social Care Committee who have said they do not feel it would be appropriate to comment on the statement from Jack's family.

The Medical Specialist Group have also said they won't be making any comment before an inquest into Jack's death is held.

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