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Outcome of enquiry into mother and baby deaths at Morecambe Bay Hospitals

The press coverage about the Morecambe bay hospitals scandal highlights inadequate systems, regulators, managers, doctors, nurses, NHS managers, politicians. A familiar story it seems in today’s NHS.  

Robert Francis, in his Mid Staffordshire report, referred to the ethics of individuals and of organisations as the necessary bedrock to what we do. Clearly this has not pervaded the NHS as we had hoped.  - What role could a clinical ethics committee in a Trust have for those clinicians – be they nurses, doctors or allied health professionals – with serious concerns about patient care? Perhaps the CEC might even have a role in a solution to Francis’s second area of report about how the NHS ought to treat whisltblowers?

The CEC, with its lay members and academics from outside the sometimes narrow, claustrophobic world of the hospital….it just might work