Chair of scandal-hit hospital trust resigns as number of investigations rockets to 1,862

Ben Reid will be replaced by Dr Catriona McMahon

The chairman of a scandal-hit hospital trust has resigned just weeks after it emerged that more than a thousand cases of poor maternity care are under investigation.

Ben Reid, who has been the chair at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS trust (SaTH) since 2018, will be replaced by Dr Catriona McMahon. A physician with over 16 years’ experience in pharmaceutical medicine, Dr McMahon has been a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director at UHB since 2014.

The report found repeated failures at at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital maternity unit. Credit: ITV News Central

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has also entered an Improvement Alliance with SaTH to provide leadership expertise and help the Trust to offer clinically safe and sustainable patient services.

The changes come just two weeks after it emerged that a total of 1,862 cases of alleged poor maternity care are under investigation in Shropshire.

And just days after ITV Central highlighted delays in releasing the findings of an official investigation into allegations of a cover up by senior board members at the Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital Trust, NHS bosses published a report which backs up families’ complaints.

It revealed that senior Trust bosses appeared more concerned with mitigating the impact of criticisms to avoid negative media reports than they were with transparency or making the required improvements.

Families called for all of those involved to resign.

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