Notes to editors
1. The first stage of the inquiry will take evidence from 1 May to 30 May, 2007. Oral evidence sessions will be held between June and September 2007. For further information, please contact the Fund’s Press and Public Affairs Office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581.
2. The following are examples of recent high-profile reports on quality and safety in maternity services:
Understanding the patient safety issues for some vulnerable groups of women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity. NPSA. February 2005.
Investigation into 10 maternal deaths at, or following delivery at, Northwick Park Hospital, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, between April 2002 and April 2005. Healthcare Commission, August 2006.
Why Mothers Die 2000-2002 - Report on confidential enquiries into maternal deaths in the United Kingdom. CEMACH, 2006.
3. As well as Baroness O’Neill, the inquiry panel is Jocelyn Cornwell, Visiting Fellow in Health and Social Care at the London School of Economics; Charles Vincent, Director of the Clinical Safety Research Unit at Imperial College London and Alistair Thompson, Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Dundee. The Inquiry is supported by three professional advisors: Alison Macfarlane, Professor of Perinatal Health at the School of Midwifery, City University; Lesley Page, Visiting Professor of Midwifery at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London and Zoe Penn, Clinical Director for the Women’s and Children’s Directorate at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
4. The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.