Police are investigating whether to file criminal charges against a trusted institution where hundreds of cases of poor maternity care are investigated, including allegedly avoidable deaths of newborns and mothers.
Failures being treated at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust they have been described as the worst maternity scandal in the history of the NHS.
An independent review was established in 2017 to examine a group of infant deaths at the trust, initially focusing on 23 cases.
Since then, hundreds of other families have come forward and investigations are investigating over 1,200 cases, including deaths of babies and mothers and children who have been left with permanent brain damage.
The accidents in question range from 1979 to this year.
A report leaked last year found that clinical negligence has been warranted to continue unchecked for 40 years in trust with a “toxic” culture.
West Mercia Police Chief Assistant Officer Geoff Wessell said: “Today we met with NHS Improvement, the Department of Health and the independent auditor to discuss the complaints filed against Shrewsbury and the Telford NHS Hospital Trust in relation to maternity services. and delivery. is in progress.
“We can confirm that a police investigation will be conducted to explore whether there is evidence to support a criminal case against the Trust or any person involved. The investigation is now underway, so we are unable to comment further at this time. . “