A senior midwife leading an inquiry into baby deaths has written to reassure parents over concerns that it was being “watered down”.

Donna Ockenden is conducting a review into maternity failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

In a letter seen by the BBC Ms Ockenden allays concerns of it being “stopped” after a controversial panel was pulled.

She said it had now been widened to include 250 families who had concerns over care.

Parents had objected to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) being part of a scrutiny panel, because of questions about its recent history at the health trust.

The panel was later scrapped.

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In the letter, Ms Ockenden said she wanted to “provide reassurance”, after being contacted

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