The findings and recommendations of the Morecambe Bay Investigation and the Mid-Staffs Public Inquiry have informed the Review.
The Review has paid particular attention to the challenges involved in improving quality, safety and the experience of women and their partners in maternity services located in more geographically isolated areas, as highlighted in the Morecambe Bay Investigation report.
As part of our Review, Dr Bill Kirkup, who chaired the Morecambe Bay Investigation, led an assessment of the quality, and the variation in quality, of maternity services in England, drawing on the range of available data as well as experience on the ground. This informed the Review’s other workstreams by providing them with insight into what services look like now, where services are exemplary, where they need improvement and what lies in between. The assessment spanned the three dimensions of quality – clinical effectiveness, safety and experience.