Mum who lost baby at Furness General joins committee

A press conference at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange over sands, Cumbria where Dr Bill Kirkup, the Chair of the Morecambe Bay Investigation, gives his findings into the investigation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. See PA story HEALTH Morecambe. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A press conference at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange over sands, Cumbria where Dr Bill Kirkup, the Chair of the Morecambe Bay Investigation, gives his findings into the investigation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. See PA story HEALTH Morecambe. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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A mum whose baby died at Furness General has been appointed as a public member of a committee set up after deaths at the hospital.

Liza Brady and her husband Simon lost their baby Alex in 2008 following care received at Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Liza agreed to become a public member of a sub-committee which will provide regular oversight and assurance that the report’s recommendations are being implemented across its hospitals.

The committee was set up following the publication of the report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation in March byUniversity Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), which also runs the Royal Lancaster 
Infirmary.

Liza Brady said: “It’s a privilege to be involved in the changes at UHMBT and to serve the community.

“UHMBT did let many families down and owe it to the families, the hard working staff, and the community to ensure these changes are implemented and that the trust is much more robust.”

Jackie Daniel, chief executive, UHMBT, said: “We have been working with members of the public and services users to improve our maternity services for some time, and I am confident that Liza’s input will further strengthen this important and valued work.

“I am genuinely honoured that Liza has agreed to become part of the work to improve our hospitals. This trust badly let down lots of people and we owe it to them, their families and the local communities to work together and ensure we 
implement Dr Kirkup’s recommendations.”

The sub-committee meets monthly and the papers and minutes from these meetings will be published online at 
 www.uhmb.nhs.uk. Monthly reports from the committee will be submitted to the trust and shared elsewhere with the Care Quality Commission, Monitor, and NHS England.