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Police probe midwife's suspension

Police investigations are continuing after a midwife was suspended over concerns about her practices that were raised by colleagues.

Grampian Police are examining the care given to 22 mothers and babies at Aberdeen Maternity in Scotland.

On Monday, senior clinical staff from the hospital met with families who may have been affected to explain why the review was being carried out. They will also be offered support and counselling.

Health chiefs refused to reveal further details of the allegations against the midwife's "clinical care".

She was also reported to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

An NHS Grampian spokesman said: "A midwife at Aberdeen Maternity hospital has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into her clinical practice.

"She has been referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and suspended from practice by the Local Supervising Authority pending a full investigation."

The health board said it was co-operating fully with the police.

A spokesman added: "The information which can be released at this stage is limited because of the investigation but NHS Grampian is anxious to allay any concerns in the wider community."

NHS Grampian chief operating officer Dr Pauline Strachan said further details could not be released for fear of "prejudicing" the investigation.

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