Twelve babies died in potentially avoidable circumstances at the Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional Hospital.

Also the Herald Sun revealed that Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner has begun 43 more investigations into allegations of botched births.

A second extensive investigation of infant deaths at the hospital has uncovered a further five suspect deaths between 2001 and 2013, which had not previously been disclosed by the health service.

The Office of the Health Services Commissioner revealed the 43 complaints relate to events between 1990 and 2015 — including 15 in 2013.

“All of those complaining have raised issues relating to the management of pregnancy and labour. The specifics and severity of the issues raised in the complaints vary,” it said.

It has been reported that Djerriwarrh Health Services — which operates the hospital — said it was working closely with the commissioner to resolve complaints and conduct confidential conciliations.

“Everything that can possibly be done to ensure the wellbeing of affected women and families is being and has been done,” it said.

“This is a painful and complex situation and it will continue to be so for some time to come. All parties are being treated with the utmost sensitivity and respect, and we ask for anybody associated to act in the same way.”

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  • This is just shattering. I had a terrible birth but not to this level.


  • Tragedies do happen, but that’s a lot for one place. Poor families, just terrible. :(


  • It is unbelievable that this is happening in our society. I would have thought we could have some assurance that a hospital is the best place to have a baby… clearly doesn’t apply to all hospitals.


  • It is one of the worst possible times for things to go wrong.


  • I know that Doctors are human and can make mistakes just like the rest of us but its so very hard to deal with the fact that there have been on going problems at the same location :(


  • That is revolting! I can imagine how many people is still grieving from this. My heart goes for them.


  • That’s terrible. I hope those responsible are punished


  • When my son was born, he had to be induced and ended up being an undiagnosed breech :/ When the Dr broke my waters, he said he could feel lots of hair……when truth be told he was feeling my sons butt. As if he could feel hair through his rubber glove anyway, seriously! My son was born with scratches on his bum too. All ended up fine, but I think back now as to how lucky I was, so much could have gone wrong!


  • So scary how things can go wrong so quickly. I had complications towards the end of my labour but thankfully all turned out well


  • I hope the complaints are investigated thoroughly and fairly.


  • I realise the distress and the privacy of the parents involved. It would be interesting if there was any associated symptoms an expectant mum should be aware of that can result is such tragedies.


  • Awful, i hope they continue to fix these isssues


  • This is shocking. I really hope these preventable complications can be stopped.


  • Like it


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