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Maternity Services: East Kent

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:06 am on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Chair, Health and Social Care Committee 11:06 am, 13th February 2020

I thank my right hon. Friend Sir Roger Gale for tabling this urgent question and for speaking so powerfully. I also thank the Minister for her work to respond to this. I, for one, hope that she continues in her role after the reshuffle because of her incredible commitment to patient safety.

What worries members of the public is that the NHS appears to be much better at transparency about care failures, but not always much better at learning from those failures. Does the Minister agree that that underlines the vital importance of the independent investigations that HSIB does into every Each Baby Counts incident, and the need for safe spaces so that doctors, nurses and midwives can talk openly and freely about what they think went wrong? Will she also consider publishing the report that CQC has already done into what is happening to reassure families that we are indeed confronting all these difficult issues?