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Three Shropshire midwives facing misconduct probe

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Health | Published:

Three Shropshire midwives are facing disciplinary action after being summoned to a misconduct hearing.

They are under investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the health care regulator for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The midwives have been named by the NMC as Kerry Davies, Hayley Lacey and Laura Jones. All three work for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH) and will appear before the council’s disciplinary panel in London later this month.

The three women have been asked to attend a Fitness to Practise Committee substantive hearing, which is due to start on October 29.

The specific charges they face will not be released until the day of the hearing.

Ms Davies became a midwife in 2004, Ms Jones in 2009 and Ms Lacey registered in 1993.

Victoria Maher, workforce director at SaTH, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital, said bosses at the trust were monitoring the situation.

She said: “We are aware of the NMC hearing involving three midwives. As the hearing is still active it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.”

The investigation comes as it is planned to scrap births at the maternity units in Bridgnorth, Oswestry and Ludlow, concentrating them instead at the county’s two main hospitals or at home.

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In July health bosses suspended births at the three rural maternity units for the foreseeable future. SaTH proposed for the suspension to continue until a long-term plan for the county’s maternity services is put in place.

There have also been calls made for the hospital trust to be placed in to special measures over concerns regarding safety and staffing.

Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard held an emergency meeting with the trust’s chief executive Simon Wright after it was announced last month that the A&E department at the Princess Royal Hospital would be closing overnight from November, raising further concerns among health workers and campaigners.

It followed a similar call from Telford MP Lucy Allan who said the “trust faces an avalanche of challenges and is not coping”.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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