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Morecambe Bay Investigation: call for affected families to get in touch

Chairman's open letter invites families who received unsatisfactory care from maternity and neonatal services to talk about their experiences.


The Morecambe Bay Investigation has been set up to examine the historic standard of care received by mothers and babies in the maternity and neonatal service at the University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) and in any hospital they were transferred to, between 1 January 2004 and 30 June 2013.

As Chairman of the Investigation I would like to invite any families who previously received unsatisfactory care from the maternity and neonatal services at Furness General Hospital, Lancaster Royal Infirmary and Westmorland General Hospital during this time period to contact the Investigation to talk about their experiences. The Investigation is looking at both the deaths of mothers and very young babies as well as cases of babies who were injured in childbirth during this period. It will also look at how the Trust managed serious untoward incidents.

I know the death of a child or mother, or their injury during childbirth, is a very distressing event in a family’s life. I have therefore made arrangements for any families, if they would prefer, to provide evidence in private and remain anonymous.

If you would like to contact the Investigation, my team are available by emailing or by calling 01772 536382 during normal office hours but can make arrangements to call you back at a mutually convenient time if that would be helpful.

I would like to thank you in advance for your assistance.

Bill Kirkup CBE Chairman of the Investigation

Open Letter from Chairman (PDF, 168KB, 1 page)

Published 15 January 2014
Last updated 6 March 2014 + show all updates
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