Tuesday 13 November 2018

Damning report on Portiuncula Hospital recommends 150 maternity improvements

The long-awaited maternity services report highlights familiar health service failings, writes Priscilla Lynch

Portiuncula Hospital: Tragic outcomes for some parents
Portiuncula Hospital: Tragic outcomes for some parents

Priscilla Lynch

Last week finally saw the publication of the long-awaited Report of the External Independent Review of Maternity Services at Portiuncula University Hospital, which was commissioned more than three years ago.

The review team, headed by James Walker, Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Leeds, examined the care of 18 babies who had adverse outcomes and the state of maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital during the period 2008 to 2014.

The report contains a series of damning findings and makes more than 150 recommendations.

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