RCPCH responds to verdict in Lucy Letby trial

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health has responded to the verdict in the Lucy Letby trial.
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RCPCH President, Dr Camilla Kingdon, said:

As a College, we are devastated by these abhorrent crimes at Countess of Chester Hospital and our thoughts and hearts are with the families who have lost their precious babies. No family should have to experience a tragedy such as this. 

I know that paediatricians and the whole UK child health community are horrified by what we have learnt from this case and have the greatest sympathy for the front-line staff at Countess of Chester, who have dedicated their careers to treating sick babies and delivering exemplary care. 

We must learn from these crimes and how Lucy Letby was able to bring harm to these babies so that no situation like this can ever happen again. We are pleased to see that an independent inquiry has been announced by the Department of Health and Social Care and we support its dedication to ensuring that the parents’ and families’ voices are heard.