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Police investigate corporate manslaughter at Countess of Chester Hospital

Police investigate corporate manslaughter at Countess of Chester Hospital
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Countess of Chester Hospital is the subject of an investigation into corporate manslaughter following the murder conviction of former neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, Cheshire Constabulary has announced.

Detective superintendent Simon Blackwell said the investigation is focused on the indictment period of the charges for Letby, from June 2015 to June 2016, and will consider areas including senior leadership and decision making to determine whether any criminality has taken place.

‘At this stage we are not investigating any individuals in relation to gross negligence manslaughter,’ said Mr Blackwell.

‘The investigation is in the very early stages and we are unable to go into any further details,’ he added.

‘We recognise that this investigation will have a significant impact on a number of different stakeholders, including the families in this case, and we are continuing to work alongside and support them during this process.’

In August, Letby was sentenced to a whole life order following her conviction for the murder of seven babies and attempted murder of six others while working at Countess of Chester Hospital.

The jury for the trial at Manchester Crown Court was unable to reach verdicts for six further counts of attempted murder but in September it was announced that Letby will face a retrial for one of those outstanding charges involving a baby girl.

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