Senior member of staff suspended from the hospital trust that runs Furness General Hospital (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Senior member of staff suspended from the hospital trust that runs Furness General Hospital
1:34pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A SENIOR member of staff has been suspended from the trust that runs Morecambe Bay hospitals after a damning email relating to the death of a baby was made public.
The suspension of the unnamed member of staff follows the release of a document which suggests the trust deliberately tried to prevent an inquest into the death of Furness baby, Alex Davey-Brady, in 2009.
Alex was stillborn in September 2008 but an inquest a year later found problems with how his birth had been carried out.
The email was released on Twitter by mum, Liza Brady, who said: “I'm appalled by these emails, the context it's written in is indefensible. Serious questions need answering.”
Alex’s dad, Simon Brady, explained the email came from a dossier of communications relating to the death of Alex, after the family submitted a request under the Data Protection Act.
In the email, between the trust’s head of legal services, Ranu Rowan, and former chief executive, Tony Halsall, Ms Rowan said she had drafted a note ‘in the hope that it may nudge the Coroner away from holding an inquest’.
She said this was something the pair had discussed the week before.
As the news broke on Twitter the trust’s current chief executive, Jackie Daniel, replied to say the email was ‘unacceptable’ and she would investigate.
The trust has since publicly apologised to the family.
David Wilkson, director of workforce and organisational development at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust, said: “I offer my sincere apologies for any further upset or concern caused by this email.
“The chief executive responded personally to the concerns raised as soon as this serious matter was brought to her attention.
“This is being treated extremely seriously and involves staff members at the highest level of the organisation.
“We have today taken the decision to precautionary suspend a current member of staff involved. This isn’t to apportion or infer blame, but to allow an investigation to be conducted to establish the facts.”
Simon Brady told the Gazette: “We were pleased with Jackie Daniel’s reaction.
“She’s showing people she’s willing to investigate.”
Two midwives have also been suspended this week over an unrelated matter.
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