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WATCH: Parents who lost baby girl say hospital staff thought they were 'time wasters'

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A couple who lost their baby girl days after she was born, say they were turned away by hospital staff who thought they were "time wasters".

Joanne and James Farrar say medics at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital ignored their cries for help.

In a statement, Stepping Hill Hospital said:

"We failed to provide a reasonable standard of antenatal care for Joanne and baby Ava and for that we are deeply sorry.

"We launched an immediate investigation afterwards, to ensure that something like this does not happen again."

The couple are speaking out to try to ensure this doesn't happen to other patients.

This report from Andy Bevan.

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua seeking leave to appeal

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua was given a total of 25 life sentences. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua, convicted of poisoning patients at the Stockport Hospital, has been granted court date to hear his claims of innocence.

Chua is seeking leave to appeal the convictions which saw him jailed for 35 years in May last year.

He was earlier convicted of two counts of murder, intentionally causing grievous bodily harm, and attempting to intentionally cause grievous bodily harm to 21 other patients.

Chua was given a total of 25 life sentences for his crimes. But he's always denied allegations he deliberately tampered with saline drips that were stored on acute treatment wards at Stepping Hill.

His solicitors confirmed today that a court hearing will take place on July 28 to at the Court of Appeal to discuss his application for leave to appeal.

It's understood there is just one ground for appeal being made, relating to evidence of a letter which was shown to the jury.


Stepping Hill inquest: Raymond Jenyon died of natural causes

The coroner looking into the death of 86-year-old Raymond Jenyon has ruled that he died of natural causes.

The inquest heard there was no evidence to suggest Mr Jenyon had been the victim of poisoning.

Stepping Hill inquest: Vera Pearson died of natural causes

Inquests into the deaths of 10 people linked to killer nurse Victorino Chua who worked at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport have got underway.

Among the ten are four "new" cases which concern the deaths of George Keep, 84, Raymond Jenyon, 86, Hannah Hull, 89, and Vera Pearson, 84. They are people whose deaths did not form part of his prosecution but who died after what was initially suspected to be unexpected hypoglycaemic attacks - of the types his victims suffered following insulin overdoses.

The first inquest, looking into the death of 84-year-old Vera Pearson, has found she was not poisoned, and died of natural causes.

The second inquest, looking into the death of Hannah Hull, found she also died of natural causes.

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Victorino Chua launches appeal against conviction

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Victorino Chua, the nurse who was jailed for life after murdering two patients at Stepping Hill Hospital, will launch an appeal against his conviction.

He has maintained his innocence since being jailed last month and in a statement his lawyers from CM solicitors said:

"CM Solicitors would like to announce that we have today launched an appeal against conviction on behalf of our client Victorino Chua. Mr Chua maintains that he is innocent of any wrong doing."

– CM Solicitors for Victorino Chua
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Coroner to investigate 10 deaths and revisit 3 more

South Manchester's lead coroner is to open inquests into 10 further deaths of inpatients from the time killer nurse Victorino Chua was working at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

John Pollard will also consider resuming inquests into the deaths of three others - Alfred Weaver, Tracey Ardern and Arnold Lancaster - which had formed part of the criminal indictment against Chua.

There is no immediate evidence to suggest that these deaths were caused by insulin poisoning, but in most cases there is reason to believe that whilst the deceased persons were in hospital they each suffered hypoglycaemic episode/s.

– John Pollard


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Investigations into 11 more deaths at Stepping Hill

Victorino Chua was jailed for 35 years Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Eleven more deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital are to be investigated following the conviction of killer nurse Victorino Chua.

South Manchester coroner John Pollard is set to publicly examine the deaths of 11 people - none of whom have been named.

In a statement, Stockport NHS Trust said the coroner had been unable to undertake inquests into these deaths at the time of the police investigation and trial.

"The 11 deaths that the coroner is now investigating are therefore relating to patients who were inpatients at the hospital over this period."

Killer nurse Chua speaks out and insists he's innocent

Chua Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Stepping Hill poisoner Victorino Chua has claimed he's innocent and labelled the evidence against him 'circumstantial'.

In a statement released by his solicitors today, Chua, who was jailed yesterday for 35 years for murdering two patients and poisoning many others, said: "I will never cease my efforts to prove my innocence."

He also made an appeal for witnesses to come forward and "help find the true perpetrator".

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