Baby ward shortages ‘scandalous’

Article Source: Health And Fitness Journal

A coroner has branded midwife shortages at a hospital where a newborn baby died on an overstretched maternity ward as "nothing short of scandalous".

Deputy coroner for Milton Keynes Thomas Osborne said "systems failures" led to the death of Ebony McCall.

An inquest heard the baby girl only had a faint heartbeat when she was born by Caesarean section at Milton Keynes General Hospital in May this year.

Her mother, Amanda McCall, had medical conditions including cardiac disease.

A hospital spokesman said: "We are very sorry indeed for the distress and grief caused to them by the death of their daughter Ebony."

He said: "Changes have already been made to the way we work to improve the safety of our maternity services."

Miss McCall, who has only one kidney, was admitted to hospital on 8 May with stomach pains.

Miss McCall, now 18, went into labour that night but the baby’s heartbeat became erratic, necessitating the emergency Caesarean section.

Ebony was born at 0321 GMT on 9 May and died 14 minutes later.</p

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