Harry Richford inquest: ‘Lives at risk’ over locum doctor recruitment

19 February 2020 – BBC News

An inquest heard that Harry Richford was delivered by an “inexperienced” locum doctor who was new to the hospital in Margate, Kent.

Coroner Christopher Sutton-Mattocks suggested that a national review into the recruitment, assessment and supervision of locums should be carried out as a result of Harry Richford’s death.

The coroner also said that particular emphasis needs to be made on the range of locums’ activities before they are left responsible for out-of-hours labour care.

In total, he issued 19 recommendations to prevent future deaths, including a request that NHS England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists consider such a review, warning “there may be a risk to other lives both at this Trust and at other trusts in the future“.


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