The newly appointed chairman of a major review of the poor motherhood y Nottingham retired after increasing pressure from families.

Julie Dent was appointed NHS just two weeks ago to review hundreds of cases of alleged maladministration at NHS Trust University of Nottingham hospitals.

On April 7, more than 100 families urged Ms. Dent to decline the offer after they had previously called on the NHS England to appoint Don Okenden, who is chairing Shrewsbury and Telford’s request for motherhood.

In a letter to families on Wednesday, NHS England and NHS Improvement Chief Operating Officer David Sloman said: “After careful consideration and further discussions with her family, Julie Dent for personal reasons has decided not to chair an independent review of maternity services at Nottingham University hospitals NHS Trust ».

The letter said that NHS England and NHS Improvement would continue to have “oversight” of the independent review and that a new review process was being established.

Mr Sloman said he would “soon” write to the families to inform them of the next phase of the review.

An independent review of motherhood in Nottingham was launched last July, and since then more than 500 families have spoken out, most in the last two months.

On April 7, the families wrote to Health Minister Sajid Javid asking Don Okenden to lead the new review, saying they were unsure of how the review would be conducted.

Ms. Okenden responded to the initial letter from the families, saying she would be happy to lead the review if asked.

Since then, NHS England has been criticized after informing families of Ms Dent’s appointment late on 22 April. Families said they were “injured” by the news.

In their response to Ms. Dent’s appointment, the family asked her to decline the offer of the role.

Last week, former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt asked why the NHS of England had not appointed Ms Okenden, and said he would discuss the matter with Mr Javid.

The Nottingham Review, called the “Independent Thematic Review”, is conducted by local NHS and NHS Commissioners in England.

This was announced later The Independent and Channel 4 revealed that the trust paid millions in connection with 30 child deaths and 46 incidents with infants who received permanent brain damage while under the care of the University of Nottingham.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nottingham-maternity-scandal-review-b2071575.html

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