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Maternity: Broken Trust – a Medical Negligence Review

A documentary which aired last night (Sunday 9th June) on ITV about maternity services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), shared the experiences of families who had been affected by inadequate medical care between 2006 and 2023. The alleged maternity failings resulted in birth injuries and the deaths of hundreds of babies.

The Documentary

The documentary shared stories from families affected by the alleged care failures in the maternity unit at NUH, where it’s claimed that there were unnecessary deaths and injuries caused to mothers and babies as a result of negligence.

Jack and Sarah Hawkins were prominent figures in the documentary. Their child died at birth and they both worked in the very same hospital in which the tragedy occurred. They have been campaigning ever since and attempting to reach out to other families who have been bereaved. Jack and Sarah set up a Facebook page during their campaign which grew to include hundreds of people communicating about their experiences with the maternity service at the hospital. Jack and Sarah are thought to have been awarded the largest settlement for a stillbirth clinical negligence case in history. Since 2006 NUH has paid out £101 million in compensation for failings in maternity care.

Donna Ockenden, chair of the independent review of maternity services at NUH, is still looking for as many people to come forward as possible to help the inquiry. In the final minutes, we were shown a meeting of the families, the current CEO and the Chair providing some hope in their search for answers and an improved maternity unit going forward.

Maternity: Broken Trust aired on ITV1 and is now available on ITVX.

The Latest Update

In May 2024, families received the latest update from Donna Ockenden. The inquiry team continues to make contact with families who have been affected. 1,904 families are part of the review with the number expected to grow. All aspects of maternity care provided by Nottingham’s City Hospital and Queens Medical Centre are still under review.

Pregnancy & Birth Injury Claims

Pregnancy and giving birth should be a happy time for parents. Whilst childbirth is not without risks it is generally safe and well-managed by healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, there are cases where pregnancy and birth injuries are unavoidable, however, there are many instances where poor medical care is responsible.

If you or a loved one have been affected by this story, we are here to listen and help make your voice heard. To speak to a member of our team today please call 0800 987 8800, email or fill in this contact form.

You can also contact the Ockenden Maternity Review Team by emailing, calling 01243 786993 or visiting

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