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No prosecutions over Furness General Hospital deaths

No-one will face prosecution over the deaths of babies at the Furness Hospital maternity unit. That's despite a report last month saying the department had what it called a lethal mix of problems at the time the children died. A police investigation and an inquiry by the Health and Safety Executive have ended with no charges against any staff or managers. With more details here's our correspondent Ashley Derricott:

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No prosecutions after Furness General investigation

Police say no prosecution will take place into the death of Joshua Titcombe or any other babies at the maternity unit at Furness General. Investigations into the hospital were sparked after his death in 2008. An independent report last month claimed there was a "lethal mix" of problems at the unit. Detective Inspector Doug Marshall says no action will be taken after the Health and Safety Executive dropped its inquiry.

No prosecutions over baby deaths at Furness General

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Police say no prosecution will take place into the death of Joshua Titcombe or any other babies at the maternity unit at the Furness General. Investigations into hospital were sparked after his death in 2008.

A team of around 12 detectives worked over the four years, looking into 35 cases including the deaths of 19 babies and two mothers. Detectives say no action will be taken after the Health and Safety Executive dropped its inquiry.

Baby Joshua's father, James Titcombe, with the Kirkup report Credit: PA

In March 2015 an independent investigation by Dr Bill Kirkup reported at least seven missed opportunities at “almost every level” which meant poor clinical care was not investigated. His report said this led to the preventable deaths of one mother and 11 babies.

Dr Kirkup made a series of recommendations, for both the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and the wider NHS, to prevent such failings happening in future.

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Video: Berieved families react to damning maternity report

The families of three babies who died after serious mistakes were made in their maternity care say a damning report is cold comfort.

Midwives who were charged with ensuring safe and effective care failed to spot poor practice after the deaths of the three babies and the mother of one of them at Furness General Hospital.

Liza Brady lost her son Alex and says she's had to fight the authorities and face long delays before his death was investigated.

This report from Amy Welch.

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Exclusive: Mother says other baby deaths at Furness General Hospital could have been prevented

A mother whose baby died after failures at Barrow's maternity unit has spoken of her overwhelming guilt.

Lesley Bennett says if only she'd known what really happened, other baby deaths could've been prevented.

Last week, an inquest ruled her daughter Elleanor died after a catalogue of medical failings by Furness General Hospital.

But the family were only told the truth nine years later, after a police investigation into a number of deaths at the hospital.

In an exclusive interview, Lesley told our correspondent Elaine Willcox she's been forced to grieve for her daughter a second time.

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