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In today’s Suffolk News podcast we have the story of a hospital who has been fined after it failed to properly notify a family over the circumstances surrounding a woman’s death.

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been rapped by the Care Quality Commission for breaching duty of candour regulations when a woman died in October 2018 following complications during childbirth.

The CQC issued two fixed penalty notices of £1,250 after the trust, which runs West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, failed to notify the family as soon reasonably possible about the incident and did not provide them with an account of the incident or offer an appropriate apology in a timely manner.

The trust said it accepted its communications with the patient's family 'were not good enough', it had apologised and has taken steps to improve the way it corresponds with relatives after a patient's death.

And an investigation into increasing numbers of children being permanently excluded from schools has found disproportionate numbers of SEND and BAME youngsters being ousted.

Suffolk County Council commissioned a 'deep dive' in June 2020 after data indicated that the numbers of youngsters permanently excluded had more than doubled - 132 in 2019/20 compared to 56 the year before.

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