An official police inquiry is set to commence concerning the unfortunate incidents involving the loss of lives and injuries to numerous infants within the Nottingham University Hospital (NUH) Trust. This development arises as part of an ongoing comprehensive evaluation of its maternity facilities, led by senior midwife Donna Ockenden, representing the largest review in the history of the United Kingdom.
The decision by Nottinghamshire Police to launch this investigation comes after collaborative deliberations with Ms. Ockenden.
Kate Meynell, chief constable of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “On Wednesday, I met with Donna Ockenden to discuss her independent review into maternity cases of potentially significant concern at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and to build up a clearer picture of the work that is taking place.
“We want to work alongside the review but also ensure that we do not hinder its progress. However, I am in a position to say we are preparing to launch a police investigation.
“I have appointed the Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin to oversee the preparations and the subsequent investigation.
“We are currently looking at the work being done in Shrewsbury and Telford by West Mercia Police to understand how they conducted their investigation alongside Donna Ockenden’s review and any lessons learned.
“Now we have met with Donna Ockenden, we plan to hold preliminary discussions with some local families in the near future.”