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CQC to prosecute East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Published:
8 October 2020
Provider:
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced it is prosecuting East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust following complications which led to the death of a baby in its care.

The trust is charged with exposing Harry Richford and his mother Sarah Richford to significant risk of avoidable harm. Baby Harry tragically died on the 9 November 2017, seven days after he was born on the 2 November.

CQC is unable to comment further at this time due to legal restrictions.

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Last updated:
09 October 2020

Notes to editors

The first charge

Between the 1st and 2nd of November 2017 at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, St Peters Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 4AN, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, being a registered provider within the meaning of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (the Regulations) and whilst carrying on a regulated activity, failed to discharge a duty imposed on it by Regulation 12(1) of the Regulations, in that it failed to provide safe care and treatment exposing a service user, namely Sarah Richford, to a significant risk of avoidable harm whereby East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is guilty of an offence pursuant to Regulation 22(2)(b) of the Regulations and liable to a penalty under Regulation 23 of the Regulations.

The second charge

Between the 1st and 2nd of November 2017 at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, St Peters Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 4AN, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, being a registered provider within the meaning of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (the Regulations) and whilst carrying on a regulated activity, failed to discharge a duty imposed on it by Regulation 12(1) of the Regulations, in that it failed to provide safe care and treatment exposing a service user, namely Harry Richford, to a significant risk of avoidable harm whereby East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is guilty of an offence pursuant to Regulation 22(2)(b) of the Regulations and liable to a penalty under Regulation 23 of the Regulations.

 

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