Tuesday 5 September 2023

Lady Justice Thirlwall to chair "Letby" inquiry

On 18 August 2023, the government announced a non-statutory independent inquiry to examine the circumstances behind the murders of seven babies and seven counts of attempted murder relating to six other babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The inquiry will look at the circumstances surrounding the deaths and incidents, including how concerns raised by clinicians were dealt with.

Government orders independent inquiry following Lucy Letby verdict - 18 August 20203 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In a statement to the House of Commons (4 September 2023) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said that  Lady Justice Thirlwall has been appointed to chair the statutory inquiry.

Secretary of State oral statement on Lucy Letby statutory inquiry - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Lady Justice Thirlwall - Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Lady Justice Thirlwall appointed to lead the Statutory Public Inquiry | Switalskis Solicitors

Terms of Reference for the inquiry have yet to be agreed.

Ryan's Rule in Queensland, Australia:

Ryan’s Rule | Clinical Excellence Queensland | Queensland Health

Martha's rule: Government to explore bringing in change after tragic teen death - BBC News

Royal Statistical Society:

The Royal Statistical Society has written to the Inquiry chair to request that the inquiry covers the "appropriate use of statistical evidence in cases of medical murder. In doing so, it is hoped that lessons from such cases in the past will be learnt." - See the Society's announcement - RSS - The RSS writes to the chair of the Lucy Letby inquiry

and see the Society's 2022 report on Statistical issues in investigation of suspected medical misconduct -

Report_Healthcare_serial_killer_or_coincidence_statistical_issues_in_investigation_of_suspected_medical_misconduct_Sept_2022_FINAL.pdf (rss.org.uk)

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