Today in the Commons chamber I asked Health ministers if they will launch a public inquiry into reports regarding maternity care at our local NHS Trust, made in follow up to my letter to Matt Hancock yesterday (see below).
The government declined to respond to my particular point about a public inquiry – but here’s what we learnt as a result of my Q in the chamber today:
-Both the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) have been asked to report to the government within two weeks
-To date, the HSIB has run 26 investigations into maternity care at the Trust, but we don’t yet know what timescale these cases relate to.
In my view, the CQC report should also include an assessment of whether any failures identified at East Kent are likely to extend beyond this Trust, so that improvements can be rolled out nationally if such a need is identified.
Ultimately, this must result in a turning point for standards of maternity services in East Kent. As part of my ongoing work representing the concerns constituents have raised with me in recent days on this, I will continue to follow the issue closely and keep you updated.