Midwife accused of failures in care after woman and unborn child die in hospital

PUBLISHED: 12:41 20 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:41 20 July 2015

Usman Javed and Sareena Ali at Queen's Hospital, hours before she gave birth to a stillborn baby. Sareena died five days later on January 28, 2011

Usman Javed and Sareena Ali at Queen's Hospital, hours before she gave birth to a stillborn baby. Sareena died five days later on January 28, 2011


A midwife is facing disciplinary action following the death of a woman and her unborn child at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

Ilene Machakata was working as a band 6 registered midwife at the hospital in Rom Valley Way in January 2011 when the patient, 27-year-old Sareena Ali, and her unborn daughter died.

Mrs Ali, who lived in Eastern Avenue, Gants Hill, had arrived at the hospital at 10.25am to be induced as she was overdue.

But at an inquest into her death in 2011, Walthamstow Coroner’s Court heard she complained of being in agony hours after arriving.

Despite her family’s desperate pleas for help, the inquest heard staff at the nurses’ station failed to examine her.

When staff came to check on her, they found her unconcious. She was given an emergency caesarean section but her daughter had already died.

Mrs Ali died five days later after being put on a life-support machine.

Midwife Ms Machakata will now face five charges at a five-day hearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which starts today (Monday) in Stratford.

The nurse has been accused of “failures in care for Patient A and her unborn child [which] contributed to the death of Patient A and/or her unborn child”.

Ms Machakata also stands accused of failing to monitor maternal and foetal wellbeing adequately or at all, failing to ensure the patient was transferred to the labour ward at the right time, failing to adequately record care provided in the woman’s records and failing to adequately react to the concerns expressed by the patient’s family by examining her.

In December last year, colleague Preatty Pasipamire was struck off by the NMC after admitting she had failed to conduct checks on Mrs Ali, contributing to her death.

The NMC panel said at the time: “The misconduct in this case is at the highest end of the spectrum of seriousness and gravely undermines the reputation of the professions.

“In failing to respond to the concerns raised by patient A’s family during handover, Ms Pasipamire demonstrated a lack of empathy that is contrary to the caring attitude required of a registered midwife or registered nurse.

“Had she acted in accordance with the minimum standards expected of her, Patient A’s deterioration may have been detected sooner and her death may have been prevented.”

Wendy Matthews, director of midwifery at Queen’s Hospital, told the Recorder: “The safety of the women and babies in our care is our top priority.

“Our maternity service has been turned around over the past two years, with glowing reports from the Care Quality Commission and, more importantly, excellent feedback from women.”

And in September last year, midwife Rebecca Matovu was also suspended for three months in connection with Mrs Ali’s death.

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