PERFORMANCE: Cumbria police have given the go ahead for an independent inquiry into care failings at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay’s maternity services to begin without waiting for the on-going police investigation into the same failures to be completed, the foundation trust has announced.

In a statement issued this morning, the trust welcomed the Cumbria constabulary’s decision.

Morecambe Bay chief executive Jackie Daniel said: “The trust is fully supportive of, and will continue to work with the wider NHS in its proposed inquiry.

“The Trust also continues to cooperate fully with Cumbria Constabulary as part of its on-going investigation into the deaths of babies and mothers, following care received at Furness General Hospital.

“The new trust board is resolute in its determination that this trust never lets anyone down again in the way it did in the past and we will not accept second best for our patients. Although we can’t change the past, we can learn from it and we will ensure we continue to do so.”

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