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Harlow MP and Health Minister praise Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit as a “shining light” of “best practice”

News / Fri 11th Dec 2020 at 07:33am

Harlow MP and Health Minister praise Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit as a “shining light” of “best practice”

IN a deeply moving statement made by the Patient Safety Minister, Nadine Dorries MP, in the House of Commons about the Ockenden Review into the tragic events in Shropshire Maternity Units, Robert Halfon MP paid tribute to the outstanding maternity unit at PAH. The Health Minister described the maternity unit as a “shining light” of “best practice” and pledged to look at the work of staff at the hospital as an example to follow.

Mr Halfon asked: “My heart goes out to the families. I pay tribute to the Minister for her work on this. Although these tragic things go wrong in our national health service, does my hon. Friend note that many good things also happen across our hospitals? Our maternity ward in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow has been described as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, and is one of the most successful and important parts of our hospital. Will she pay tribute to and thank staff across the NHS, as well as in Harlow, who do so much? Will she also look at best practice around the country, in places like the Princess Alexandra Hospital for maternity, to see what can be done to learn from that best practice to ensure that such tragedies never happen again?  

The Minister responded: “My right hon. Friend adds such a hopeful note. I thank him. He is absolutely right. We stand here to talk about reports, patient safety issues and where things have gone wrong, and yet so much of the NHS so much of the time goes absolutely right. The Princess Alexandra Hospital in his constituency is a shining light and an example of the best practice in maternity services. Of course, we use examples such as Harlow to inform us of how things go right and how well maternity units work. He is absolutely right, and we will of course look at Harlow, as we do at other examples of good service across the NHS, which is—I thank him for reminding us all of this today—in most hospitals most of the time. Our job is to reassure women. The UK is among the safest countries in the world in which to give birth, and most of the time it goes right.”

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2020-12-10/debates/D1AA9BD9-DC78-47D0-BCEE-84E3A3A94199/OckendenReview#contribution-B96965EB-D8B2-429F-8A79-88BA6B3FC46E

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