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Improvements at Milton Keynes maternity unit continue

A panel monitoring improvements at a hospital maternity unit criticised by a coroner has reported more progress.

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) imposed changes at Milton Keynes' maternity unit where two babies died in June 2007 and May 2009.

The panel monitoring the changes met on Wednesday and heard from staff and women who have given birth there.

Panel chairman John Oates said work was continuing on three remaining conditions imposed by the commission.

Coroner Tom Osborne had complained that midwife shortages at the hospital were "nothing short of scandalous".

The CQC wanted to see staff levels maintained especially the availability of senior midwives and obstetricians and this was being done.

Recognition was also given to new procedures put in place at times when things "go awry at delivery", he said.

"New procedures are also in place for risk assessment during pregnancy and on entry to the maternity unit.

"The commission wants to see that this is maintained at the required level," he said.

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