Investigators probing Bacchus Marshpractitioners over baby deaths

Investigators probing Bacchus Marshpractitioners over baby deaths

The health regulator in Australia has said that it is conducting an investigation on practitioners working at Melbourne's Bacchus Marsh hospital over several baby deaths.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) said that it is reviewing thousands of pages of clinical records" to aid investigation into stillbirths and newborn deaths in 2013 and 2014 that is being conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency has not disclosed the number of practitioners being investigated at the hospital.

Ahpra chief executive Martin Fletcher said in a statement on Tuesday said, "By law, we can't publicly identify individuals who are under investigation and talking publicly about numbers and professions in a small health service would necessarily identify individuals. Also, the numbers change as we learn more about what happened, identify who was involved and assess whether they did what they ought to have done. New cases open, other matters close."

Ahprahas the responsibility to continue the investigation as it owed to the 'families who have suffered terrible loss', according to Fletcher. The agency also released the results of an independent audit of its handling of notifications. The hospital's board was sacked last year over the deaths and replaced with an administrator.