Police investigate six deaths at Furness General Hospital

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1140
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A paediatrician has been put on restricted duties pending an internal disciplinary investigation at a crisis hit hospital in the north of England where police are investigating the deaths of at least six patients, including four babies, in an eight month period.

Cumbria Police began their inquiry after a coroner raised concerns about the deaths of four babies and two mothers in 2008 at Furness General Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

A spokeswoman for University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust denied media reports that a paediatrician had been suspended but confirmed that the unnamed doctor was on restricted …

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