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Barrow MP insists Kirkup report must be implemented

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Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has pressed the prime minister to implement in full the recommendations of the Kirkup report into the tragic deaths of babies and mothers at Furness General Hospital.

Speaking at prime minister’s questions following Tuesday’s publication of the report, John asked David Cameron to honour the struggle of the families who lost loved ones as a result of failures at the maternity unit, by ensuring that all of Dr Kirkup’s recommendations for the wider NHS were adopted as quickly as possible.

Responding, the prime minister expressed his sympathies for the families.

I’m grateful to the prime minister for his words of sympathy for the families that have experienced such tragedy and fought so long to discover the truth.

But we need to keep pressing all sides to implementing Dr Kirkup’s recommendations within a rapid timescale. The report makes a wide range of sensible and achievable recommendations that could prevent this tragedy re-occuring elsewhere.

– John Woodcock, Barrow and Furness MP


Morecambe Bay Trust full statement:

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has apologised unreservedly to the families of those who suffered as a result of poor care in the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2013.

Pearse Butler, the chair of the Trust Board said, “This Trust made some very serious mistakes in the way it cared for mothers and their babies. More than that, the same mistakes were repeated. And after making those mistakes, there was a lack of openness from the Trust in acknowledging to families what had happened.

This report vindicates these families.

“For these reasons, on behalf of the Trust, I apologise unreservedly to the families concerned. I’m deeply sorry that so many people have suffered as a result of these mistakes. As the Chair of the Trust Board, it’s my duty to ensure that lessons are learned and that we do everything we possibly can to make sure nothing like this happens again.”

The Trust welcomes the publication of the Morecambe Bay Investigation report, accepts and acknowledges the criticisms and accepts its recommendations without reservation.

Towards the end of the period covered by this report - as a consequence of the problems in maternity and neonatal services - the whole Trust board changed and the Secretary of State for Health commissioned the Morecambe Bay Investigation.

The new board recognised the need for improvement in our maternity and neonatal services and the Trust has now made a number of service improvements including the following:

  • We’ve made a significant investment in staffing with over 50 additional midwives and doctors.
  • We’ve improved culture and team working at the Trust introducing, for
  • example, multi-disciplinary ward rounds that take place four times a day on our maternity units.
  • And we’ve improved patient safety by ensuring best practice and learning are shared consistently across all of our hospitals.

The Morecambe Bay Investigation report notes that concerns over clinical practice were confined to Furness General Hospital and concludes that significant progress is being made at this maternity unit.

Jackie Daniel, the Trust chief executive, said: “We welcome these comments but we must not be complacent. We will address all the recommendations in this report to ensure that we further improve the services we offer to women and families, across our hospitals.”

Double dinghy world champion wins regional award

Bobby Hewitt from Warrington was recognised as the Royal Yachting Association's North West Youth Champion Credit: RYA

Twice a world champion at the age of fifteen, dinghy sailor Bobby Hewitt from Warrington was recognised as the Royal Yachting Association's North West Youth Champion during the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show in London on Sunday. Alongside him was the helm with whom he won the second title, Harvey Martin from Alfreton in Derbyshire.

Bobby won his first world title in the RS Feva in 2013 with last year's winner of the NW Youth Champion title, Hannah Bristow from Macclesfield, both of them members of Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club.

Bobbie and Harvey are among a group of the UK’s most promising young sailors, windsurfers and powerboaters as the RYA recognised its Regional Youth Champions

The awards were presented by four time Laser World Championship Medallist Nick Thomson in recognition of the outstanding achievement and performance of young people across the range of activities the RYA represents.

Bobby Hewitt from Warrington (left), Harvey Martin (right) and four time Laser World Championship Medallist Nick Thomson Credit: RYA

At the RYA we believe it’s really important to recognise people on every level and these youngsters are all so passionate about their sport and they all put in the extra effort.

Of course, all this wouldn’t be possible without the support of their parents, guardians, coaches, trainers, club officials and friends.

Our congratulations go to all the worthy Regional Youth Champion winners – some of them are undoubtedly the rising stars of the future and I’m sure many may indeed follow in the footsteps of our successful Olympians, world champions and record breakers.

– RYA Sport Development Manager Duncan Truswell

Man wanted in connection with Sexual Assault at Creamfields

Police are looking to speak to this man in connection with an alleged sexual assault Credit: Cheshire Police

Police are looking to speak to the man pictured above in connection with an allegation of sexual assault at the Creamfields Music Festival in Daresbury last August.

The victim is a woman in her early twenties from Scotland, who reported the incident to police after the festival had concluded. The sexual assault is alleged to have occurred in a tent at the festival overnight between Sunday August 24 and Monday 25 of August.

The man is described as white, around 21 years of age, approximately 5? 8" tall and of medium build. He had dark hair which, at the time of the festival, was shaved all over. At the festival he was wearing a white short sleeved t shirt, and he had a chain around his neck with two rings on it. He stated his name was Jaimie, and had a Scottish accent, and may be from the East Kilbride area of Scotland.

Police are asking the man, if he recognises himself, to make contact with either Cheshire Police or Police Scotland. Police are also asking anyone who may recognise the man to call 101 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.


  1. Elaine Willcox - ITV CORRESPONDENT

'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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