CQC report reveals deaths of two women under Queen’s Hospital maternity care in a month

Two women under the care of Queen’s maternity unit died last November, this week’s Care Quality Commission’s report revealed.

The fact is only mentioned in passing in the second half of a paragraph on page 9.

It states that investigations into the deaths had not been concluded at the time of the inspectors’ visit.

A spokesman for the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust said: “The commission’s report refers to two maternal deaths which took place last November.

“In both cases, the women sadly died during their pregnancies.

“One patient died after surgery and the other died on her way into hospital.

“Both incidents have been fully investigated and we have been in close contact with the families involved.”

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A “maternal death” is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management.