This report investigated maternity services at Furness General Hospital from January 2004 to June 2013, and concludes the maternity unit was dysfunctional and that serious failures of clinical care led to unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies. It makes a series of recommendations for the wider NHS as well as Morecambe Bay.
This Confidential Enquiry identified substandard care in 70% of Direct deaths and 55% of Indirect deaths. Many of the identified avoidable factors remain the same as those identified in previous enquiries. Recommendations for improving care have been developed and are highlighted in this report.