Full statutory public inquiry launched to look at the circumstances surrounding the crimes committed by serial killer nurse, Lucy Letby 

Disgraced nurse, Lucy Letby was found guilty of murdering seven babies and the attempted murder of six others between 2015 and 2016 at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Letby was given a whole life sentence for the crimes on 21 August 2023 and will serve the rest of her life in prison.

Following growing pressure from bereaved families and others, the Health Secretary, Steve Barclay, has changed the status of the inquiry from non-statutory to statutory. The change to statutory inquiry means judges have the legal powers to compel witnesses to give evidence under oath, including former and current staff at the hospital.

The inquiry will look at the circumstances around what happened at the Trust, as a means of ensuring future patient safety, including looking at how concerns raised by clinicians were dealt with and what actions were taken by regulators and the NHS. Mr Barclay states, “this statutory public inquiry will aim to give the families the answers they need and ensure lessons are learned.”

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Rob Behrens, who had previously urged the government to change the status of the inquiry, welcomed the news. “This is the only way the families can get to the truth of what happened. It’s the very least they deserve,” he added.

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