Published on 19 April 2021
East Kent Hospitals today pleaded guilty to the charge that it caused Harry and Sarah Richford harm by failing to provide safe care and treatment in a prosecution brought by the CQC under regulation 12 of the Health & Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.
East Kent Hospitals Chief Executive, Susan Acott, said: “We are deeply sorry that we failed Harry, Sarah and the Richford family and apologise unreservedly for our failures in their care.
“We are determined to learn when things go wrong. Our midwives, our doctors and every member of our staff constantly strive to give good care every day. We have already made significant changes following Harry’s death and we will continue to do everything we can to learn from this tragedy.
"We are working closely with national maternity experts to make sure we are doing everything we can to make rapid and sustainable improvements.
“We have welcomed the independent investigation into maternity services in east Kent and we are doing everything in our power to assist and support the investigation.”
You can read more about changes we are making to our maternity service here.