CQC Deploy Inspectors to Baby Death Hospital

England’s care watchdog has carried out a no-notice inspection of an NHS trust at the centre of concerns over the possible preventable deaths of babies.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is investigating East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust. A decision on whether to prosecute the Trust has not yet been made.

At least seven preventable baby deaths may have occurred at the trust since 2016,

In 2018 the Trust was rated as “Requires Improvement” by the CQC.

CQC Findings – 2018 – Est Kent Hospitals NHS Trust

A previous 2014 report had rated the trust as “Inadequate” overall

CQC Findings – 2014 – East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust

The inspection comes at a time when the Trust is already under intense scrutiny. The trust is likely to be heavily criticised on Friday at an inquest into the death of baby Harry Richford.

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, the trust’s maternity services were subject to an unannounced inspection from the CQC.

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