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Father: 'We've never been able to grieve because we've had to fight all the way.'

The father of one of the babies who didn't survive at Furness General in Barrow says they never had the chance to move on or grieve because they were always fighting to get to truth about what happened. Simon Davey, whose son Alex was stillborn in 2008, was speaking ahead of the report into a series of deaths at the maternity unit which is published at noon today

Inquiry report into deaths of babies and mothers in Barrow is published today

Furness General Hospital at centre of inquiry

An independent report into alleged failures at a maternity unit is being published at noon today.

The Morecambe Bay Investigation was launched nearly 18 months ago after a series of deaths of newborn babies and mothers in the maternity and neonatal services unit at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who ordered the inquiry, said at the time that the principle concern was to find answers for families as to what went "desperately wrong" with care received and to ensure there was no repeat.

Those families received copies of the report last night to give them a chance to see the details before it goes public.

Inquiry headed by Dr Bill Kirkup who served on Hillsborough independent panel

The inquiry has been chaired by Dr Bill Kirkup. He focused on the management, delivery and outcomes of care between January 2004 and June 2013.

It has reviewed all deaths that occurred during that period and the response from the trust's board to such "untoward incidents".

The investigation team has also looked at how the trust reacted to a number of reports it received from 2010 onwards when it was already known there were concerns about maternity care.


Apology from Morecambe Bay Health Trust over mother and baby deaths at maternity unit

Furness General Hospital, Barrow, at centre of inquiry

The new Trust Board would like to again apologise to all those who lost loved ones because of failures at the Trust. We continue to be committed to assisting the work of the Morecambe Bay Investigation, and have been open and transparent throughout.

We do not feel it is appropriate to comment further whilst the Morecambe Bay Investigation, commissioned by the Department of Health, is still ongoing.

As a Trust, we now await the publication of the report tomorrow, and will address any recommendations made to enable us to further improve the services we offer to women and families, across our hospitals.

– Dr David Walker, Medical Director, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHSFoundation Trust
  1. Amy Welch, ITV News

Families wait for answers ahead of a report into Barrow maternity unit

Tomorrow sees the release of a inquiry report following a series of deaths of newborn babies and mothers at a hospital in Barrow.

The Kirkup investigation on the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital in Barrow was set up to find out what went wrong and to try to ensure it can't happen again.

It's examined dozens of case and is widely expected to highlight persistent failures.

Our correspondent Amy Welch has the story:


Former police chief James Sharples denies "painting adverse picture" of Liverpool fans

A former Chief Constable of Merseyside has denied trying to paint an adverse picture of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough.

Sir James Sharples had described seeing supporters drinking before the FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield.

Meanwhile, the inquests have heard from a former South Yorkshire officer who says he was intimidated into changing his statement about the disaster.

Andy Bonner reports:

Eight-year-old at the centre of a benefits row

The Department for Work and Pensions has apologised to a mother from Lancashire after benefits for her disabled daughter were stopped because her husband works in Germany.

Laura Jolliffe was told that as her husband was paying national insurance in Germany where's he's currently working on a contract for his employer BAE systems, it was up to that country's government to come up with the money. Ralph Blunsom reports:

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