Second midwife struck off after death of mum and baby at Queen’s Hospital

PUBLISHED: 16:28 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:28 21 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 has been banned after a woman and her new born baby died in their care at Queen’s Hospital in 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 unconscious. 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.

Today a panel from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) concluded that a striking-off order was “the only sanction that will protect patients”.

Ms Machakata admitted all five charges brought against her, including: failures in care for Patient A and her unborn child [which] contributed to the death of Patient A and/or her unborn child; 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.

Machakata was suspended by Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, which runs both Queen’s and King George hospitals, and summarily dismissed at a disciplinary hearing on March 12 2012 following several investigations.

The decision published by the NMC today stated: “There is real risk that those in her care, whom the panel concluded are amongst the most vulnerable of individuals, would be put at unwarranted risk of harm, that Miss Machakata would once more breach a fundamental tenet of the profession and thereby bring the profession into disrepute.

“The panel determined that, for these reasons, Miss Machakata’s fitness to practise is currently impaired by virtue of her misconduct.”

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 while midwife Rebecca Matovu was suspended for three months.

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