CQC to prosecute East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Published: 8 October 2020 Page last updated: 9 October 2020

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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