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Hospital management ignored doctors warnings about baby killer Lucy Letby

A hospital stands as a sanctuary where individuals anticipate receiving the highest level of care for their health concerns, where their ailments are heard and attended to attentively. It is a space where one entrusts not only their own life but even the lives of their children when health is compromised. This reliance hinges on the expertise of licensed medical professionals who hold the responsibility of administering the best possible care to facilitate recovery. However, regrettably, a single nurse exploited her authority in an unprecedented manner.


Lucy Letby, a 33 year old neonatal nurse was found guilty of not only murdering newborn babies but also attempted murder on these babies. 


Letby has been on trial at Manchester Crown Court since October, accused of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder ten more between June 2015 and June 2016.


She vehemently disputed all 22 charges brought against her, but she was convicted guilty of seven counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder involving six babies.


Letby was acquitted on two counts of attempted murder, but jurors could not reach a judgment on six further attempted murder charges.


After hearing nine months of horrific evidence, the jury of seven women and four men debated for more than 110 hours.


Letby was the first in her family to attend university and she studied nursing at the University of Chester. 


She became a Band 5 nurse, a newly qualified nurse or staff nurse, staff nurses are responsible for formulating a nursing care plan for their patients and administering said plan and delivering compassionate and high quality care for the duration of their patient's stay. According to The Guardian In September 2011 she began working full-time at the Countess of Chester Hospital in January 2012, before qualifying to work with critical care babies in the spring of 2015.


In 2016 in September, Letby received a letter from the Royal College of Nursing that she was now being investigated over the deaths of the babies. 


She had once been removed earlier that year due to the accusations leveled against her and removed from her clinical duties and given a clerical role in the risk of a patient safety office by hospital management. 

According to the director of the neonatal unit where she worked. Hospital authorities did not adequately investigate the claims made against Lucy Letby, and attempts were made to suppress doctors' voices of concern. 


Lucy Letby was found guilty of murdering seven children and attempted to murder six more in a neonatal ward at Cheshire's Countess of Chester Hospital.


The first five murders occurred between June and October 2015, while the final two occurred in June 2016, despite significant warnings and concerns made by doctors working in the same hospital as Letby.


This investigation uncovers several underlying issues within the system and brings up significant worries about how the hospital managed these fatalities.


After the last two homicides, Dr. Brearey, employed at the identical hospital as Letby, insisted on Let's suspension from duty in June 2016. The hospital management declined this suggestion.


Prior to June 2015, the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital experienced approximately two to three infant fatalities annually. However, during the summer of 2015, an uncommon situation was unfolding.


During the month of June, a total of three infants passed away in a span of just two weeks. These deaths occurred without prior anticipation. In response to this unexpected situation, Dr. Stephen Brearey, who serves as the chief consultant at the neonatal unit, arranged a meeting. The attendees of this meeting included Eirian Powell, the unit manager, and Alison Kelly, the director of nursing at the hospital.


By October of 2015, the situation had evolved. An additional two infants had passed away, and Lucy Letby had been present during both occurrences. At this juncture, Dr. Brearey's apprehensions were growing, suspecting that Letby might be involved in causing harm to the babies. He once again reached out to Eirian Powell, the unit manager, expressing his concerns.


However, Powell appeared to not share his worries. In an email exchange from October 2015, she characterized the connection between Letby and the unexpected infant deaths as "unfortunate." She emphasized that each fatality had distinct causes and that the connection with Letby was merely coincidental.


Then the hospital forced doctors to issue an apology to Letby and forced the doctors to stop making accusations against Letby.


Subsequently, the hospital compelled doctors to apologize to Letby and coerced them to cease making allegations against her.


To further the damage the two doctors that brought up the concerns to hospital management were then forced to engage in mediation with Letby.

However, the consultants remained resolute. Two months following the apology, the hospital took the step of involving the police for an investigation, largely due to the persistence of the consultants.


Dr. Brearey and his colleagues eventually engaged in discussions with Cheshire Police a few weeks later. He recalls, "They were astonished" by the details presented.


Subsequently, on the following day, Cheshire Police initiated a criminal inquiry into the suspicious infant deaths that occurred at the Countess of Chester Hospital. This investigation was named Operation Hummingbird.


Mr. Chambers, speaking to Panorama, asserted that his comments to the consultants had been misconstrued and taken out of context. He affirmed that swift measures were taken once he was initially informed about the serious concerns in June 2016. These measures included conducting reviews of the deaths.


The Countess of Chester Hospital is presently under new leadership, and the neonatal unit's responsibilities no longer encompass the care of severely ill infants.


The hospital's current medical director, Dr. Nigel Scawn, expressed profound sadness and shock regarding Letby’s offenses. He conveyed that the entire organization was deeply affected and that significant transformations had been implemented at the hospital since Letby's tenure. He emphasized his commitment to ensuring that all patients accessing their services could be assured of receiving quality care.


Since Letby's departure from the neonatal unit, a span of seven years has transpired with only one reported death.

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