Leader of the council's response to the Ockenden Report
After a five year in depth inquiry, Donna Ockenden's report into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust was published today (30 March 2022).
As part of the inquiry, her team considered the experiences of 1,832 families, setting out to help them understand what had happened to them and why and to improve the safety of maternity services.
Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Councillor Shaun Davies (Labour) said:
"My heart goes out to the courageous families who shared their harrowing experiences with Donna Ockenden about the failures in maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Without their significant contributions the report would not have the necessary impact to affect change. Their bravery in coming forward is a tribute to the babies they have loved and lost and others who have endured life changing injuries.
"The publication of this report is a watershed moment not only for the NHS but crucially for our local families who wanted to understand what happened to them and to ensure the future safety of maternity services in the region and beyond.
"I’m a local dad, to a child who was born in the care of the Trust just over five years ago and I’ve heard first hand perspectives from parents who have shared their own, deeply personal and moving stories. I am very conscious of the enduring distress and pain felt by many families.
"I am in regular touch with senior leaders at SaTH, seeking assurances that they are implementing changes. I do recognise there has been considerable strides in maternity care since the interim report and there are many members of staff as SaTH who work extremely hard to make sure parents and babies now have a positive experience. It is clear however that the Trust requires significant backing and investment into maternity, A&E and other services. For far too long, the much needed funding and resources hasn't arrived. Telford and Wrekin Council wants the best possible healthcare for our residents; we will continue to offer and provide support and challenge to the Trust."