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Health and Social Care

Volume 670: debated on Monday 20 January 2020

Ockenden Review of Maternity Care: Shrewsbury and Telford

The following is an extract from the Adjournment debate on 15 January 2020.

I am afraid I have to inform my hon. Friend and the House that the additional cases have now been identified and the total number relevant to the review now stands at 900, a small number of which go back 40 years.

The extra cases have been found by a number of means—from looking at previous incidents reported at the hospital to parents brave enough to come forward and talk about their own experiences. I am sure my hon. Friend will understand that, unlike with Morecambe Bay, which involved a small number of cases, it will take the review considerably longer to investigate 900 cases.

[Official Report, 15 January 2020, Vol. 669, c. 1126.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Ms Nadine Dorries):

Errors have been identified in my response to my hon. Friend the Member for Telford (Lucy Allan).

The correct response should have been:

I am afraid I have to inform my hon. Friend and the House that the additional cases have now been identified and the total number that might be relevant to the review now stands at over 900, a small number of which go back 40 years.

The extra cases have been found by a number of means—from looking at previous incidents reported at the hospital to parents brave enough to come forward and talk about their own experiences. I am sure my hon. Friend will understand that, unlike with Morecambe Bay, which involved a small number of cases, it will take the review considerably longer to investigate over 900 cases.