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Mid Staffs begins own investigation into twins' deaths

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Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has set up an independent investigation into the deaths of newborn twins, who died 11 days ago after being cared for in Stafford Hospital’s maternity unit.

Trust chief executive Antony Sumara said: “We are all absolutely devastated that the twins have passed away. We have commissioned a full external investigation into the events while the twins were at our hospital. At present we have suspended one member of staff.”

The trust is currently the subject of a public inquiry over previous care failings.

Nursing and Midwifery Council chief executive and registrar Dickon Weir-Hughes told Nursing Times: “I was made aware of the situation earlier in the week, but we haven’t had a referral about it.

“We have been in contact with the director of nursing there and the trust to find out what happened, and we have been told that internal steps are being taken to find out what happened. They may choose to make a referral, we don’t yet know.”

He added: “Everyone may think that this is related to what is going on with the inquiry, but it could be coincidental.”

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