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Northwick Park Hospital: Maternal Mortality

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the conclusions of the Healthcare Commission were on the contributory factors to maternal deaths at Northwick Park following the merger with Central Middlesex; and how many births there were at Northwick Park (a) before and (b) after the merger. (155270)

The findings of the Healthcare Commission into the maternity deaths at Northwick Park have been placed in the Library and are available on the Healthcare Commission's website:

www.healthcarecommission.org.uk/_db/_documents/Northwick _tagged.pdf

The information requested on the number of births at Northwick Park before and after the merger with Central Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust is not held centrally. However, the amount of births at North West London Hospital NHS Trust since 1999 is shown in the following table. Data were not provided in 2001-02 due to data issues associated with this Trust.

Count of finished consultant (birth) episodes at North West London Hospital NHS Trust 1999-2006

Birth Episodes

2005-06

5,041

2004-05

5,568

2003-04

5,272

2002-03

4,863

2001-02

1

2000-01

3,722

1999-2000

5,145

1 Data not available due to data quality issues Notes: A finished consultant episode is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have had more than one episode of care within the year. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics