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An interim report has been leaked amid an independent inquiry into maternity care

Babies and mothers died at a hospital amid a “toxic” culture stretching back 40 years, a report has shown.

The leaked interim report of an investigation into maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust also said children were left disabled amid substandard care.

Staff also got dead babies’ names wrong and, in one case, referred a child as “it”.

The report said lessons were still not being learned.

In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an investigation into avoidable baby deaths at the trust, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal.

It is being led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden, who authored the report for NHS Improvement.

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