Deaths of 7 babies in Victorian hospital ‘may have been avoidable’

An investigation into the above-average number of stillborn and newborn deaths at a regional Victorian hospital has found some of them could have been avoided.

Over a two-year period between 2013 and 2014, there were 10 stillborn and newborn deaths at the Djerriwarrh Health Service at Bacchus, prompting an investigation from the Government.

The probe found of those 10 deaths, seven may have been avoidable.

“[It] found that there were a series of failures and a number of deficiencies in the care provided which may have contributed to the loss of 7 of those babies,” Victoria’s Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.

More to come.