Department of Health, England
United Kingdom

Joshua Titcombe died in 2008 as a result of failures at the maternity unit of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. There have been at least 7 deaths there recently.

Whilst there has subsequently been an investigation by the Care Quality Commission and currently there is a police investigation, information has emerged which shows various official bodies knew of serious and systemic failures at the trust, wider than maternity services, and did little or nothing about them. The trust was awarded NHS Foundation status in spite of this and information has been suppressed. This comes AFTER Mid Staffordshire.

It is vital that lessons are learnt about failures in the CURRENT system of regulation to protect patients in the future.

Action against Medical Accidents ("AvMA" - the charity for patient safety & justice) supported the Titcombe family with Joshua's inquest and continues to work with them to campaign for an independent investigation into the wider issues concerning the trust.

We the undersigned call upon the Secretary of State for Health to commission a fully independent and wide ranging investigation into how failures at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust were allowed to continue for so long by all the organisations responsible for safety & quality; how information concerning these failures was suppressed; and how systems can be improved to stop this happening again elsewhere in the NHS.

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