Some£300,000worthofmaintenanceoftheSevernsidedefencesinBewdleyformspartofthe£7.5mfloodrecoveryprogrammewhichis underwayintheWestMidlandsbytheEnvironment AgencywhoarecontinuingworkrepairingdefencesdamagedinthewakeofStorms Ciara and Dennis in February, prioritising communities most at risk of flooding.The work will protect 270 properties damaged in October and February. This includes resetting block pavers that sit under the flood barriers to reduce seepage; as well as resealing the permanent elements of the barrier, and the recladding of the flood wall at Gardners Meadow.Expecting the work to be complete by the end of August Richard Henderson, asset recovery manager for the Environment Agency, said: "We carry out regular checks, tests and repairs that ensure our defences can continue to reduce flood risk to homes and businesses.”The Severnside scheme, which protects properties on the town side of the river, consists of concrete flood walls, demountable barriers and two pumping stations. The work prevents the catastrophic flooding which took place 20 years ago.__________________________________________________________________________________
West Mercia Police Detectives have opened a criminal inquiry into the biggest maternity scandal in British history and are meeting NHS officials and the leader of a probe into 1,200 cases dating back to the 1970s.Maternity staff at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust could face criminal charges over a huge scandal following their Investigations into failings at two hospitals where dozens of babies died or suffered brain damage. 'A police investigation will be conducted to explore whether there is evidence to support a criminal case either against the trust or any individuals,' said Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Wessellof West Mercia Police. The investigation is now live so we are unable to comment any further at this time.' An independent review led by Donna Ockenden 1 was launched by former health secretary Jeremy Hunt in April 2017 to look into 23 cases but the number rose dramatically to 1,250.'It is clear that the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust haven't been open about their failures under the expected duty of candour that applies to NHS Trusts. And promises of lessons being learned have not been kept.’The ongoing review by Miss Ockenden for NHS Improvement has so far identified at least 45 avoidable deaths, including those of 42 babies and three mothers. There were also 51 cases of brain damage or cerebral palsy in infants and 47 further incidents of substandard care from 1979 to 2017. A leaked interim report said there was a 'toxic' culture at the maternity unit dating back 40 years with some parents saying that they were pressured into having 'natural' births in midwife-supervised units. A number of deaths have been blamed on midwives not monitoring foetal heart rates properly. 'Untrue' .. 'Irresponsible' .. 'Scaremongering' were the damning words with which the then chief executive Simon Wright of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust dismissed press reports when the first exposé of the extent of its maternity scandal emerged in August 2018.'To suggest that there are more cases which have not been revealed when this is simply untrue is irresponsible and scaremongering.' Mr Wright was forced to resign in June last year. The trust's director of nursing and midwifery, Deidre Fowler had, most fortuitously, left her post four months earlier (that is .. before ‘the bovine excrement entered the turbine’) .. however, she left to work in another hospital (!) .. in Bedford. During the past two years the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust 's maternity services have been in ‘special measures’ due to the Care Quality Commission’s rating of 'inadequate.' Louise Barnett, chief executive of the trust, said it would fully cooperate with the investigation. 1Withmorethan30yearsexperienceofworkingwithinavarietyofhealthsettingsbothintheUKandinternationally.Donna’scareerspansanumberofsectors includingacuteproviders,commissioning,hospital,communityandeducation.Formorethanfifteenyearsshehasworkedwithinanumberofincreasinglysenior NHSleadershiprolesincludingmorethanfiveyearsexperienceasDivisionalDirectoroftwolargeWomenandChildren’sDivisionsontheSouthCoastandin London._________________________________________________________________
'Leaders' collective failure to demonstrate that they had the skills and abilities to meet the challenges the trust has faced.'
Care Quality Commission warned (12/08/20), with
poor care the norm
at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals.
Singled out by Inspectors were_
nurses blaming each other for not completing tasks
workers turning a blind eye to poor care on their wards
out-of-date medical guidelines
elderly patients (at high risk of falls) routinely left unsupervised
even further in recent months !
September, the trust's day-to-day running will be overseen by University Hospitals Birmingham - currently rated as 'good'.
Professor Ted Baker, the watchdog's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said:
'We have repeatedly called for intervention to support improvement at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS trust.
Despite this, the trust has not resolved long-standing known issues, and poor patient care has been normalised.
This situation must not continue.’
hospital itself, or certain departments or wards.
performing marginally better and only required ‘improvement', was also downgraded to 'inadequate'.
The inspection report – published after two spot checks in June – said (very carefully):
“The trust's issues have been perpetuated by its leaders' collective failure to demonstrate that they had the skills and abilities
to meet the challenges the trust has faced” –
i.e. they may have such skills .. they may have the necessary abilities .. but they have, in his opinion, failed to demonstrate that they have ..
nor that they have used them.
So incompetent.. or lazy ? .. or both .. or neither ?
Ladies and Gentlemen .. place your bets .. it’s our money and our lives they’re gambling with !