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Baby’s death at Margate hospital was “wholly avoidable,” says coroner

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 24 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m309
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The death of a baby boy seven days after his emergency delivery at a hospital hit by a maternity care scandal was “wholly avoidable,” a coroner has ruled.

Assistant coroner Christopher Sutton-Mattocks ruled that neglect was partly to blame for Harry Richford’s death at Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, in November 2017. The coroner heard that Harry was born by emergency caesarean section not crying or moving, in an operating theatre in which staff were “panicking.” He was delivered by a locum doctor who had not …

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