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'Broken contract' between maternity unit and patients

The Kirkup report found 11 babies and one mother died following "a lethal mix" of failures in a "seriously dysfunctional" maternity unit at Furness General Hospital.

ITV Granada Correspondent Elaine Willcox has followed this story from the beginning and looks at the findings of the report and how it investigated ''the broken contract'' between a hospital and the people in its care.


Grieving father asks why hospital staff failed to speak out

James Titcombe's baby son Joshua died after an infection which could have been treated.

He's angry staff at the hospital failed to speak out after the failures.

But he hopes the legacy of Joshua's death and others at Furness General, will make the whole of maternity services safer in the future.

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Morecambe NHS chief apologises for 'serious errors'

The chief executive of Morecambe NHS Trust has apologised to "all those who suffered" because of the failings at one its maternity units.

In a press conference, Jackie Daniel admitted there had been serious failings, saying: "The Trust accepts the board's recommendations without reservation. It is a definitive picture of what happened between 2004 and 2013."

Jackie Daniel acknowledged the Trust had not been open with families Credit: ITV News

The chief executive added that since the Health secretary commissioned the report, the leadership of the Trust had changed and made some improvements which the Kirkup report recognised. However, Daniel realised that there was still much more to, particularly at Furness.

"I would like to add my own apology. During the period covered by this investigation there were some very serious failings," she said. "The Trust then failed to show openness and transparency in acknowledging those failings. So, on behalf of all the staff at the Trust I want to say sorry."


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