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Bolton NHS Foundation Trust maternity care claims

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Midwife struck off for looking up confidential medical records

Maternity services at Royal Bolton Hospital have been rated as ‘requiring improvement’ following a nationwide review of maternity services by midwife, Donna Ockenden.

The main findings of the report, published in March 2023 were as follows:

  • Staff shortages led to frequent closure of wards which reduced birthing options for women and led to delays progressing through the maternity pathway.
  • Staff shortages led to delays in starting, or transfer during, the induction of labour process.
  • Staff did not keep up to date with mandatory training. For example, fetal surveillance training compliance rates were 74% and CTG competency test assessment rates were 23% overall.
  • Safety incidents were not managed well, with a large backlog waiting review
  • Staff did not consistently complete checks of specialist equipment. The Trusts policy states that checks should be carried out daily, but this was not always happening.
  • Scope to improve leadership support and approachability in leaders and managers.

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