The recollections of the parents of a baby, who died after just nine days, have been branded "unreliable" at the disciplinary hearing of two midwives in London.
It is alleged midwives Gretta Dixon and Catherine McCullough both failed to refer Hoa Titcombe for assessment after she claims she informed them she felt unwell.
Her baby died nine days after being born at Furness General Hospital due to an infection that a 2011 inquest found was not picked up by midwives.
Thomas Buxton, representing Ms Dixon, said the case against his client should be withdrawn and called the evidence given by Mr and Mrs Titcombe "unreliable".
He told the panel that the mention of being unwell or poorly arose "for the first time at the inquest hearing in June (2011)".
Mrs Titcombe said in her evidence she was unable to identify which midwife she spoke to about feeling unwell - saying there were two going in and out of the room on October 25.
A decision on whether the two midwives will face sanctions is expected on tomorrow.
The scandal-hit Morecambe Bay NHS Trust received nearly four million pounds in "Clinical Excellence Awards", according to the TaxPayers' Alliance.
The pressure group says at least 259 seperate awards were given to staff at the trust between 2006 and 2010.
A government report into the quality of care found a "lethal mix" of failures contributed to the deaths of one mother and 11 babies.
It's shocking that as patients were being subjected to inhumane treatment at the hands of some staff, these Trusts saw fit to dish out huge bonuses for supposed excellence.
Public inquiries have been scathing of the scandalous care at these hospitals, and the awarding of cash rewards for staff shows that priorities were seriously mixed up.
The government must take a very close look at this scheme and ensure that taxpayers' money never gets wasted on bonuses for staff while patients are suffering.
A former midwife at Furness General Hospital, who is accused of misconduct charges, says she accepts that she has made mistakes.Read the full story ›
Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the National Health Service is due to be interviewed as part of the investigation into University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The investigation follows a series of damning reports which said major failings means the deaths of mothers and babies were not properly investigated. A panel has been looking into midwifery care at Furness General hospital after a report by the health ombudsman identified serious errors in the care provided. Investigation chairman, Dr Bill Kirkup, a former deputy chief medical officer at the Department of Health, said interviews would be held in the presence of families only due to “sensitive and personal clinical matters”.
A man who had to have his leg amputated after his treatment went wrong 2 years ago says he's not surprised the same hospital trust is now in special measures.
Roy Gay wants to know why lessons don't appear to have been learnt after health inspectors ruled the quality of care provided by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust was still inadequate after a visit five months ago.
The trust argues it's part-way through a process of improvement and that services such as maternity and A & E had improved since previous checks.
Our Lancashire reporter Amy Welch has been following the story:
"We are all incredibly disappointed to receive the overall (inadequate) rating for the trust. The reports reflect the fact that we are part-way through a process of significant improvement which is still going to take a number of years to complete. It isn't an overnight job to change the culture of a large complex organisation but through the hard work and commitment of our staff, governors and partners, our hospitals are now much safer, with improved standards of care in a number of areas from two years ago when we started to turn them around."
A health trust that's been the subject of a number of critical reports, has now been put into special measures. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission said the quality of care provided by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust was inadequate.
Inspectors found the trust lacked a clear vision for its staff and recruitment of nurses and doctors remained a "fundamental concern". They accepted that care in maternity and A&E had improved, but in other areas, despite previous concerns, care had still not been addressed effectively.
An independent inquiry into care provided by the trust's maternity and neonatal services from January 2004 to June last year is currently taking place following a "high number of serious untoward incidents" including patient deaths.
A decision is expected to be made today on whether to put Morecambe Bay NHS Trust into special measures. It's after a leaked report draft rated the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels Furness General in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
The report found that “there was no clear strategy for the future of services across the trust”, and that “strategic plans and risks were not well known at ward or team level”.
The trust say they won't comment until after the decision but have released a statement on the weeks speculation here.
A decision is expected to be made tomorrow over whether to put Morecambe Bay NHS Trust into special measures.
It's after a leaked report draft by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels Furness General in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Today the Trust released a statement in reaction to the report.
There is a lot of speculation at the moment regarding the forthcoming publication of the Hospital Inspection Reports by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
We would like to try to clarify a few facts about the process, rather than at this stage talk about the detail of the ‘leaked’ draft report. Once the reports have been finalised and published by the CQC, we will share and discuss our response with the public and staff.
It is wrong we believe to speculate on what may, or may not happen following the Quality Summit. Currently we are being asked to comment if the Trust will be placed into ‘special measures’ – such speculation doesn’t help staff or the public, especially as the information which is being discussed is not yet finalised. Any further action is a decision for the regulator of Foundation Trusts and the position will be known once the reports have been published.
Whilst we have made good progress at improving standards in a number of areas where the Trust was previously deemed to be failing, there is still a lot of work to do to ensure the levels of care we are providing are consistent in all areas of our hospitals and we remain focussed on achieving this – the safety of everyone who uses our services remains our priority.
We do not know how the reports were leaked, but can only apologise for any unnecessary concern caused, regardless of where the information came from.
Click here for the statement in full on the trusts website.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron believes Morecambe Bay NHS Trust will be placed in special measures after a leaked report revealed failures in frontline service.
The draft report by the Care Quality Commission rates the trust as inadequate in patient safety and staffing levels at Furness General Hospital in Barrow and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
The trust has declined to comment. A decision is expected to be made at the health care quality summit on Friday.