Babies and mothers died at a hospital amid a “toxic” culture stretching back 40 years, a report has shown.

The leaked interim report of an investigation into maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust also said children were left disabled amid substandard care.

Staff also got dead babies’ names wrong and, in one case, referred to a child as “it”.

The trust apologised and said “a lot” had been done to address concerns.

In 2017, then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an investigation into avoidable baby deaths at the trust, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal.

It is being led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden, who authored the report for NHS Improvement.

The report details the pain suffered by the families:

Babies left brain-damaged because staff

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