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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