Dummy taped to baby in hospital

Dummy taped to baby’s face at Stafford Hospital

A report into “appalling standards” of care on the hospital is to be published in February

A member of staff was suspended after a dummy was found taped to a baby’s face at Stafford Hospital.

Staffordshire Police said it happened earlier this month and the child was four months old on the time.

Colin Ovington from Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “Fortunately, the child was unharmed. We’ve got a 0 tolerance solution to poor patient care.”

The trust is on the centre of a public inquiry into serious failings of care.

Apology to family

In an announcement, Staffordshire Police said officers were investigating a complaint a couple of member of staff on the hospital and liaising with the baby’s family and the NHS trust.

It said: “Officers from our Protecting Vulnerable People Department are on the very early stages of investigating a complaint in regards to the treatment of a child boy by a member of staff at Stafford Hospital earlier this month.”

Mr Ovington, director of nursing and midwifery, said: “We can’t emphasise strongly enough that this incident is phenomenal and apologise again to the family.

“We need other hospitals to be informed from this in order that we will make sure that it doesn’t happen to the other baby.”

A report following a £13m public inquiry into “appalling standards” of care on the hospital is to be published next month.