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Hospital criticised after baby deaths.

Summary: A hospital which came under fire after two newborn babies died in its maternity unit has failed to implement sufficient improvements.

A hospital which came under fire after two newborn babies died in its maternity unit has failed to implement sufficient improvements, the Care Quality Commission has said.

An investigation was launched following the death of Romy Feast, who was born by Caesarean section at Milton Keynes Hospital in June 2007 but died after her cardiotocography was misinterpreted.

The hospital was later reported to the Department of Health, prompting a Healthcare Commission investigation which set out recommendations in a report in 2008.

But last May another child, Ebony McCall, died on an overstretched maternity ward at the same hospital.

Now the Care Quality Commission health regulator, which took over from the Healthcare Commission, concluded that temporary measures put in place by Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were "not sustainable".

It said the trust must "plan better" for emergencies, complicated births and staff shortages and ensure "staff know what to do in these circumstances".

And it said the trust should recruit more permanent midwives and open more permanent beds, providing swift back-up when necessary.

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