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Deaths at Furness General will not be passed to police

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The deaths of babies at Furness General Hospital will not be passed to police, the force in Cumbria has confirmed.

A statement by Cumbria Police said: "An initial police investigation was launched in March 2011 before Joshua Titcombe’s inquest, when officers received complaints about the standards of care Joshua Titcombe received at Furness General Hospital.

Following his inquest and subsequent complaints from other families, a more detailed police investigation was commissioned led by Cumbria Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team."

Detective Inspector Doug Marshall said: “The investigation into the complaints received about Furness General Hospital Maternity Unit has been extremely complex. The investigation into the death of Joshua Titcombe is continuing.

“In respect of the other complaints we have received in the course of that investigation we have been able to inform those family members that their cases will not proceed to a criminal prosecution. The families have been provided with information on how to progress their concerns with the Trust and a number of investigations involving other regulatory bodies are ongoing.

“An independent Enquiry has been launched into the events in question and it would be remiss of me to comment further on the findings of our investigation until that enquiry reports.”