Midwives at the hospital trust at the centre of a maternity investigation were having to make decisions on the treatment of high risk women which should have been made by doctors, the Care Quality Commission found in an inspection last month.
NHS England and Improvement will commission an independent inquiry into maternity services at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, junior health minister Nadine Dorries has announced.
A trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal is calling in an “external senior clinician” to review how it has responded to concerns raised by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology four years ago.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay