NMC confirms Morecambe Bay lessons learned review

30 November 2016

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said:

“With the outstanding fitness to practise cases into Morecambe Bay due to conclude in 2017, now is the right time to announce that we will be conducting an independent lessons learned review.

“The purpose of this review is to identify learning from our handling of the Morecambe Bay cases in order to identify where we could do things differently should a similar situation arise now.

“The scope and terms of reference will be determined once we have identified who will lead the review. As part of the review we will be inviting the families affected by the events at Morecambe Bay to contribute and share their experiences.

“The review will commence once the final fitness to practise cases have concluded in 2017 and we are committed to publishing the findings in full. 

“We cannot change what has already happened, however, we must move forward by identifying how we should do things differently in the future.”

Notes for editors

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