An independent review will be held into maternity services at the East Kent NHS Trust after up to 15 babies died there in recent years.

Nadine Dorries, minister for patient safety, pledged immediate action and said NHS England would investigate the two hospitals in Margate and Ashford.

On Wednesday the trust’s chief executive said there had been “six or seven” avoidable deaths since 2011.

However, on Thursday a board meeting heard there were 15 possible deaths.

Speaking in the House of Commons earlier Ms Dorries said: “NHS England and NHS improvements are commissioning themselves an independent review into East Kent maternity services.”

She said the trust was having issues with “ensuring the right staff with the right skills in the right place”.

She added that midwives and doctors working clearly together

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