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Maternity conditions lifted at Milton Keynes Hospital

Maternity services at Milton Keynes Hospital have improved, according to the NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The hospital was criticised following the death of two babies in June 2007 and May 2009.

The CQC said it had lifted nine of the 12 conditions imposed on the trust because it was not meeting essential standards of quality and safety.

The watchdog said significant changes had been made to maternity services.

The hospital had conditions imposed on it upon its registration with the CQC in April.

This followed the hospital's failure to respond to CQC recommendations after the deaths in June 2007 and May 2009.

'Not complacent'

Among the conditions which have now been met is one requiring that all women in established labour should receive one-to-one care from a registered midwife.

The watchdog said conditions which remain related to the hospital having appropriate systems to detect and monitor at-risk mothers and babies, putting suitable maternity escalation and risk management plans in place, and providing enough senior midwives and obstetricians to cope with demand.

The hospital's interim chief executive, Mark Millar, said: "We accepted that there were areas for improvement within the hospital and we have been working hard to make sure those improvements happen.

"We are pleased that the CQC has recognised this progress and agreed to lift the majority of the conditions.

"But we are not complacent. Through this process we have set ourselves very high standards and we are committed to delivering excellent care across all of our services."

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