Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has suspended a member of staff after a dummy was found taped onto a baby’s face.
The revelation represents fresh trouble for the trust, ahead of the imminent publication of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry report and question marks over its financial sustainability raised by the regulator Monitor earlier this week.
In a statement, Colin Ovington, the trust’s director of nursing and midwifery, said: “Fortunately, the baby was unharmed. The incident is under investigation by the police and so we are unable to give any more information at the moment.
“A member of staff has been suspended pending the outcome of the Police investigation and the Trust’s investigation under our disciplinary policy.”
He added: “We have a zero tolerance approach to poor patient care and we take immediate, appropriate action as soon as we know about any potential serious incidents which happen in our hospitals.”
In a statement, Staffordshire Police said: “Officers from our Protecting Vulnerable People Department are at the very early stages of investigating a complaint concerning the treatment of a baby boy by a member of staff at Stafford Hospital earlier this month.
“The baby boy, who was four months old at the time, was not harmed as a result. We are liaising closely with his family and the NHS Trust concerning the matter.”
Robert Francis QC has revealed his public inquiry report will be published on 6 February.
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