WATCH: Morecambe Bay maternity scandal hearing opens

Eleven babies and a mother died in the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal. An independent investigation found there was a "lethal mix" of failures and described the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital as "seriously dysfunctional".

Today a midwife at the centre of that scandal faced a misconduct hearing

Our correspondent Amy Welch has been at the hearing in London.

Ina statement the Nursing and Midwifery Council say:

It is clear that these cases have taken far too long to conclude and I would like to sincerely apologise again to the families of those affected.

As an organisation we are focused on ensuring that we learn the lessons of the past. We have already made a number of changes to ensure that cases never take this long to conclude again.

– Nursing and Midwifery Council