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Safety of maternity services in England


This inquiry will examine evidence relating to ongoing safety concerns with maternity services. It will build upon investigations that followed incidents at East Kent Hospitals University Trust and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as the inquiry into the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. 

We will also consider whether the clinical negligence and litigation processes need to be changed to improve the safety of maternity services and explore the impact of blame culture on learning from incidents.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry


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Past events

Tuesday 2 February 2021
9:00am Private
9:30am Public
Safety of maternity services in England - Oral evidence 2 February 2021
  • William Vineall (Director of NHS Quality, Safety and Investigations at Department of Health and Social Care)
  • Sarah-Jane Marsh (Chief Executive at Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital)
  • Dr Matthew Jolly (National Clinical Director for the Maternity Review at NHS England)
  • Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent (Chief Midwifery Officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement)
  • Ms Nadine Dorries (Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety at Department of Health and Social Care)
Virtual meeting
Tuesday 19 January 2021
9:00am Private
10:00am Public
Safety of maternity services in England - Oral evidence 19 January 2021
  • Charlie Massey (Chief Executive at General Medical Council)
  • Andrea Sutcliffe (Chief Executive at Nursing and Midwifery Council)
  • Professor James Walker (Clinical Director of Maternity Investigation Programme at Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch)
  • Sara Ledger (Head of Research at Baby Lifeline)
  • Niamh Maguire (Obstetric Clinical Lead at Sussex Local Maternity System)
  • Jo Mounfield (Vice President for Workforce and Professionalism at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)
  • Doctor Daghni Rajasingam (Consultant Obstetrician at The Shelford Group)
  • Gill Adgie (Regional Head at Royal College of Midwives)
Virtual meeting
Tuesday 15 December 2020
8:40am Private
9:05am Public
Safety of maternity services in England - Oral evidence 15 December 2020
  • Tinuke Awe (Co-founder at FiveXMore Campaign)
  • Professor Marian Knight (Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health at University of Oxford)
  • Professor Jenny Kurinczuk (Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology & Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at University of Oxford)
  • Clotilde Rebecca Abe (Co-founder at FiveXMore Campaign)
  • Donna Ockenden (Chair at Independent review into Maternity Services at The Shrewsbury And Telford Hospitals - Maternity Admin)
  • Professor Gordon Smith (Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Edward Morris (President at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG))
  • Gill Walton (Chief Executive at The Royal College of Midwives (RCM))
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 3 November 2020
9:00am Private
9:30am Public
Safety of maternity services in England - Oral evidence 3 November 2020
  • James Titcombe, bereaved parent
  • Darren Smith, bereaved parent
  • Helen Vernon (Chief Executive at NHS Resolution)
  • Dr Pelle Gustafson (Chief Medical Officer at Lof (Swedish Patient Insurer))
  • Dr Sonia MacLeod
  • Dr Jenny Vaughan (Consultant Neurologist, Learn Not Blame, Law and Policy Lead at Doctors' Association UK)
Room 5, Palace of Westminster

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