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    • Ionel Pintilie’s wife Gabriela, 36, lost six litres of blood after giving birth to their daughter via C-section at Basildon University Hospital in February 2019
    • Hospital came under fire when it emerged a locum haematologist refused to give Mrs Pintilie the blood after he followed the wrong set of guidelines
    • Coroner blasted hospital in January, saying there were ‘serious failings’ in care
    • Health watchdog branded services at the maternity unit as inadequate overall 
    • Mr Pintilie is now calling for an independent inquiry into scandal-hit hospital 

    The grieving husband of a young mother who bled to death after a C-section has called for an independent inquiry to be launched after a report highlighted further serious incidents at the scandal-hit NHS hospital. 

    Ionel Pintilie’s wife Gabriela, 36, lost six litres of blood after giving birth to their daughter via Caesarean section at Basildon University Hospital in Essex in February 2019.

    The hospital came under fire when it emerged a locum haematologist refused to give Mrs Pintilie the blood after he followed the wrong set of guidelines.

    And the fresh frozen plasma, which could have saved her life, remained outside the theatre after senior staff were not told it was available.

    Essex Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray blasted the hospital in January of this year, saying there were ‘serious failings’ in her care and found that she was not given blood products that were available.

    The coroner added that there was a ‘lack of leadership to deal with the situation’ and ‘a lack of clear co-ordination and teamwork’.

    Ionel Pintilie’s wife Gabriela, 36, lost six litres of blood after giving birth to their daughter via Caesarean section at Basildon University Hospital in Essex in February 2019 

    Ionel Pintilie with his wife Gabriela who died two days after giving birth

    Stefania Pintilie who survived after her mothers death

    Speaking for the first time since the report, Mr Pintilie (left with Gabriela), who has launched a civil action against the hospital trust, told of his anger and devastation (right, their daughter Stefania, who survived after Gabriela tragically bled to death)

    Inspectors from healthcare watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) branded services at the maternity unit as inadequate overall in a report published in August this year.

    They said there had been six serious incidents in March and April this year where babies were born in a poor condition. The report found there were not enough staff to keep women safe and described multidisciplinary team working as ‘dysfunctional’.

    Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the services, said after the report was published that services were ‘safe to use’ and apologised for not making improvements ‘quickly enough’.

    The department had previously been rated as requiring improvement following an inspection in February 2019.

    Speaking for the first time since the report, Mr Pintilie, who has launched a civil action against the hospital trust, told of his anger and devastation.

    He said: ‘I was devastated when I heard so many other women and babies had been through torment at the maternity unit. It has made me angry as they do not seem to have learnt from the mistakes of the past.

    ‘I would like to see a full independent investigation into the unit so that the truth of just how many people’s lives have been so needlessly devastated at the unit can come to light.’

    Mr Pintilie’s call comes after similar investigations were launched into the Shrewsbury and East Kent maternity units in recent months.

    Basildon University Hospital in Essex came under fire after it emerged a locum haematologist refused to give Gabriela the blood after he followed the wrong set of guidelines

    He added: ‘Reading about the report into Basildon has brought the pain of losing Gabriela flooding back. I still miss her every day and have struggled to come to terms with what has happened to us.

    ‘When our daughter Stefania had her birthday in February, I didn’t know whether we should celebrate or not as she was born just a few hours before Gabriela died.

    ‘Our loss is immeasurable, but to hear others have suffered at the hospital since Gabriela passed away is unacceptable.

    ‘Something needs to be done to stop this from happening again in the future and I hope an independent investigation would help achieve that.’

    Stephanie Prior, head of medical negligence at Osbornes Law, who represents Mr Pintilie, said: ‘It is clear from the CQC report that the shocking failures of the past that led to Gabriela’s death have not been addressed; in fact they have got worse.

    ‘I have heard many heart-breaking stories from clients who have had their lives devastated by what they have been put through at Basildon.

    ‘It is crucial that an independent investigation is launched to discover the true extent of the failings.’

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