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Hospital trust commissioned review after maternity deaths

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The Trust is always keen to learn and to improve care. We commissioned a review by experts from outside the Trust to look at the details of a small number of maternity cases at our hospitals.

We are now considering that report and are developing a number of actions as a result to make some improvements to ensure we continue to provide the best quality of care for our patients.

We deliver 10,000 babies each year and would like to reassure families about the safety of maternity services at our hospitals, but if any expectant mother has a concern they can contact their designated midwife to discuss this.

– Gill Harris, Chief Nurse at Pennine Acute


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Probe into Greater Manchester maternity unit baby deaths

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Seven babies and three mums have died in two Greater Manchester maternity units in just eight months – sparking an independent investigation.

Bosses at Royal Oldham and North Manchester General hospitals called in outside experts to review the departments in light of the 10 tragedies.

It is understood the deaths took place between December 2013 and July last year – with four babies and two mums dying at Oldham, and three babies and one mother dying at North Manchester.

Police reassure local community after baby's death in Oldham

Police are continuing to question two men and a woman arrested after the death of a seven-week-old baby boy from severe head injuries.

Greater Manchester Police said they were not in a position to name the baby, who lived in the Clarksfield area of Oldham.

The 23-year-old woman, thought to be the child's mother, and a 35-year-old man originally arrested on suspicion of assault were rearrested on suspicion of murder and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

A 26-year-old man is also under arrest on suspicion of murder and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

"This is a tragic case in which a very young baby has lost his life and we are determined to find out exactly what the circumstances were that led to him suffering such injuries.

"News of the death of such a little boy will no doubt come as a great shock to people and I would like to try to reassure the community that we have a team of detectives dedicated to working on this investigation, and they will today be interviewing the three people in our custody.

– Detective Inspector Andy Cunliffe from Greater Manchester Police

Police given more time to question three people over baby's death

Detectives have been given more time to question three people on suspicion of murdering a seven week old baby boy.

A warrant for further detention was granted at 6.30pm last night giving police a further 30 hours to question two men and a woman from Oldham, whose believed to be the baby's mother.

A post mortem examination revealed the baby died of severe head injuries.