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Furness General Hospital maternity deaths inquiry

Furness General Hospital Photo: ITV Granada

Cumbria Police say they have 'made contact' with senior figures involved in the Furness General Hospital maternity deaths investigation.

Officers confirmed that they have met the team leading the independent inquiry into the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT).

Cumbria Constabulary has made contact with senior figures who are due to lead the full independent inquiry into failings across Morecambe Bay Trust’s maternity services, which was announced in February this year.

“Cumbria Constabulary detectives involved in the ongoing police investigation into a number of deaths of mothers and babies that occurred after they received care at Furness General Hospital’s Maternity Unit are now liaising with the independent inquiry team with a view to meeting them, including the Independent Chair, Dr Bill Kirkup, to share appropriate information.

“This course of action is being taken to ensure that clear lines of communication are established so that both the police and independent inquiries can continue side by side without impinging on each other.

“The timings for these meetings are not yet set, however it is hoped they will be held in the near future.”

– Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson

The UHMBT welcomed the announcement that the NHS Independent Inquiry can continue without waiting for the on-going police investigation to be completed.

Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS

Foundation Trust said:

“The Trust is fully supportive of, and will continue to work with the wider NHS in its proposed inquiry.

“The Trust also continues to cooperate fully with Cumbria Constabulary as part of its on-going investigation into the deaths of babies and mothers, following care received at Furness General Hospital."