West Mercia Police is trying into 701 potential circumstances of poor maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital between 2003 and 2019, the pressure has stated.
The police probe comes following a damning unbiased inquiry, which reported final week that almost 300 infants died or suffered mind harm on account of errors in care.
In an replace on Wednesday, West Mercia Police stated it initially recognized 823 circumstances however 122 have been examined and they didn’t discover proof to take the circumstances additional. The remaining 701 circumstances are nonetheless a part of the police’s energetic investigations.
Detective chief superintendent Damian Barratt stated: “The affected households have been knowledgeable of this choice and have been supplied continued assist from our devoted household liaison workforce.
“The scope of a police investigation differs from that of an unbiased evaluate and there are parameters and thresholds round what can, and can’t, be included in a legal investigation. Subsequently, as we proceed to the evaluate circumstances, the ultimate quantity included in our investigation will differ and is prone to be considerably lower than this 701.
“We’ve been, and stay, dedicated to making sure that each potential potential case is absolutely reviewed, and the households concerned absolutely knowledgeable as our investigation progresses. They deserve nothing much less.
“Our investigation stays energetic with a targeted and devoted workforce and we make a promise to the households, to the Telford and Shrewsbury communities and to the broader public that we’ll maintain you knowledgeable because the investigation progresses.”
In accordance with a report in The Sunday Instances, police are additionally investigating the deaths of two infants final 12 months.
The police’s replace comes after the Ockenden unbiased inquiry revealed its closing report final week, revealing poor care over 40 years had led to the avoidable deaths of 200 infants. This included 131 stillbirths and 70 neonatal deaths, 29 circumstances of extreme mind injury, 65 circumstances of cerebal palsy and the deaths of 9 girls.
The report’s authors additionally warned issues with maternity care continued on the belief and workers had been nonetheless afraid to talk out.