Rosie Cooper MP has received assurances from Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive of Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust that the tagging system for new born baby’s in the Maternity and Paediatric Unit is fully secure. His assurances come after one incident where the parents of a five-month old baby passed freely through security barriers with her baby’s tag still on. The tag also subsequently failed to trigger alarms.
Rosie said: “Serious breaches of security in Maternity Unit’s such as this are completely unacceptable. Parents need to have full assurance that their newborn babies and very young children are secure on NHS premises. I understand that this was a one-off incident and that measures have been taken to ensure that the security system at the unit is now in full working order.”
In its response to our enquiries the hospital assures us that they have reviewed procedures to ensure that there cannot be any repeat of this incident, that security is being closely monitored and that all possible action is being taken to protect children during their time in the unit.
Rosie added: “We were lucky this time that there was no danger to the child involved but there is no room for complacency when it comes to the safety of babies on maternity and paediatric units”.