Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nurse admits 'unacceptable' care before baby's death

BBC Shropshire

A midwife accused of misconduct says some aspects of her care were "completely unacceptable" when looking after a patient in Telford four years ago.

Laura Jones is one of three staff being questioned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Princess Royal Hospital sign

She, Hayley Lacey and Kerry Davies looked after a child known as Baby K, who died four days after being born at the Princess Royal Hospital.

None of the three midwives are accused of causing the death of the baby, but the standard of care they provided is being looked into.

The NMC says Ms Jones should have alerted a doctor when her patient's blood pressure was high.

It also believes her and Ms Lacey should have communicated better.

Ms Jones admitted that "a poor handover meant that observations were missed" while Ms Davies says she should have carried out a check on the baby's heart rate but denies this was misconduct.

The hearing continues.

New support service set up to guide patients who complain

A new service is being set up to provide support for people who raise concerns about nurses and midwives, after the Morecambe Bay scandal at Furness General Hospital.

Anyone making a complaint will now be given a named contact at the Nursing and Midwifery Council who will remain available to them throughout the process, and they will also be able to call a helpline if they need anonymous emotional support.

Furness General Hospital

It's in response to a review by the Professional Standards Authority which found NMC had been "frequently incompetent" over its handling of the deaths of 11 babies and one mother who were in the care of the Furness General Hospital.

The NMC says it accepts it "got it wrong" in the way it treated people who raised concerns. The new support service has been set up to make sure this doesn't happen again.