Notes to editors
1. No further information is available at this stage. Further announcements will be made early in 2007 when the first stage of the inquiry is complete and the call for evidence is issued. For further background 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 provides examples of recent high-profile reports on quality and safety in maternity services:
- House of Commons Health Committee. Provision of Maternity Services. Fourth Report of Session 2002-03. June 2003.
- House of Commons Health Committee. Inequalities in Access to Maternity Services. Eighth Report of Session 2002-03. July 2003. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmselect/cmhealth/696/696.pdf
- 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. http://www.npsa.nhs.uk/site/media/documents/1743_FinalReport.pdf
- 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. http://www.healthcarecommission.org.uk/_db/_documents/Northwick_tagged.pdf
- Why Mothers Die 2000-2002 - Report on confidential enquiries into maternal deaths in the United Kingdom. CEMACH, 2006.
3. **Baroness O’Neill will be assisted by a panel of experts, including Jocelyn Cornwell, formerly of the Healthcare Commission and Audit Commission; and Charles Vincent, Director of the Clinical Safety Research Unit at Imperial College London. The Fund is in the process of recruiting a clinician to complete the panel. In addition, the inquiry team will be supported by up to four professional advisors, including at least one midwife and one obstetrician. The final make-up of the panel will be confirmed and announced at the time of the call for evidence, in early 2007.
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.