A couple lost their baby son seven days after his birth at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margarrgate Kent.
Following the avoidable death of baby Harry Richford, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has taken legal action against an NHS trust for failure to protect the infant and exposing the mother to a significant risk.
In a statement, Harry’s family said: “We are pleased that the CQC has made the landmark decision in making a criminal prosecution of the East Kent Hospitals Trust regarding the unsafe care and treatment of Sarah and Harry Richford.
“It will now be for the courts to hear all of the evidence that the CQC and our family have amassed over the last three years and to decide whether the clinical care and treatment offered at that time could be considered safe; or whether there was a criminal breach of the duty of care that was clearly owed to both Sarah and Harry at their most vulnerable time.”
At the beginning of the year, many babies died in the care of the trust and no legal action had been taken.
The prosecution came after a public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital care disaster and it is the first time an NHS trust has been prosecuted by the CQC over failure to provide safe clinical care for patients.
Harry`s family encouraged anyone with any kind of similar maternity issue in East Kent to make an inquiry to share their story.