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Regulator demands faster action over maternity unit deaths

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Clinical advisers must oversee improvements at a maternity unit criticised over the death of two babies, because the hospital trust responsible for it is not implementing them fast enough, an independent regulator said.

Monitor, which regulates NHS foundation trusts, said Milton Keynes General Hospital has been too slow to act on recommendations made to it in 2008.

The trust had said it will employ more midwives but now the regulator says any changes at the maternity unit must now be put under scrutiny.

Inquests into how baby Romy Feast died in 2007 and baby Ebony Comley-McCall in 2009 had criticised the hospital.

The hospital has been told it must make improvements much more quickly, in order to provide “safe and effective care”.

Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust failed to properly implement an action plan devised after a December 2008 Healthcare Commission report made 12 recommendations.

The trust must now “appoint external expert clinical advisers, to be agreed with Monitor, to assist the trust to speed up the delivery of necessary improvements”.

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