Harry's story was covered extensively by the media all over the world, here are some links to the coverage so that you can have a different perspective of Harry's case other than those of our family on this website.
Harry Richford's family's five-year fight for justice BBC South East
BBC Breakfast Article HERE interviewing Helen Gittos
Radio 4 TODAY - Derek Richford comments on Donna Ockenden and similarities with East Kent
October 15th 2021 - BBC Radio Kent story of CQC damning inspections Still serious issues in Maternity in East Kent
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-58487862https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-58487862- "Her time in East Kent will be remembered for the news headlines she fought to contain."
Trust Fined in Criminal Court over baby death - Channel 5
Trust Admits Failure - Tozers - “Harry’s grieving parents’ concerns about the standard of care he and his mother Sarah received were swept under carpet and they had to persist in a fight to get to the truth of the Trust’s failings. The Trust was more concerned about its reputation than improving standards of care but, as a result of the brave parents battle, neonatal deaths at the Trust have fallen by 55% since 2020 and still births have fallen by 20%.”
Trust fined £761k in Richford case - The Independent
Ian Birrell Comment- Daily Mail - Incompetence, conspiracy – and how our culture of NHS worship is costing lives
The Baby Death that Shook the UK - Advocate - The Bar Council Magazine
Channel 5 News- Harry's Story
"I wake up wondering how this happened to us" - The Independent
"Baby death inquest verdict" - BBC Radio Kent
"I kept asking why I couldn't hear my baby" - Kent Online
AUDIO Radio Kent 23rd January - Ian Collins with Michael Buchanan Interview
AUDIO Radio Kent Breakfast show - Anna Cookson with Mark Norman and Tom Richford Interview
AUDIO Radio Kent February 12th 2020 - Anna Cookson with Derek Richford Interview
AUDIO Radio Kent February 13th 2020 - Anna Cookson with Derek Richford Interview
AUDIO Radio Kent February 14th 2020 - Ian Collins with Tom Richford Interview
AUDIO BBC Radio 4 February 12th 2020 - Martha Kearney Interview
AUDIO BBC Radio 4 February 14th 2020 - Justin Webb Interview
19-recommendations-after-baby-harrys-death-222259/ - Kent Online
Death-of-harry-richford-caused-by-gross-failings-by-east-kent-university-nhs-trust - Brick Court Chambers
Sir Roger Gale MP speaking in the House of Commons - Roger Gale MP
"Hospital did not learn from mistakes" - BBC News
Maternity-probe-to-examine-decade-of-baby-deaths - Kent Online
Urgent-need-actions-remains-scandal-hit-nhs-trust-maternity-department - Your Local Guardian
Maternity Failings Video Report - BBC News
Click to see the BBC piece The Susan Acott Interview
During this BBC interview by Michael Buchanan, which was aired on February 12th 2020 during the national 6pm and 10pm news, Susan Acott the CEO of the Trust said there had been 6 or 7 avoidable deaths at the Trust, the next day at her Board meeting on February 13th she told her Board there were likely 15 avoidable deaths in the last 10 years, it had seemingly doubled overnight? In the end, Kirkup showed that the actual figure was 45 babies. Astonishing how far out of touch the CEO was.
Below from the Harry Halligan Case
Mark Norman, BBC South East Today health correspondent
The cases of Harry Halligan and Harry Richford were both subject to what's called a "root cause analysis" by the hospital.
Both reports highlight very similar issues and lessons to be learnt, but five years apart.
There were lessons to be learned around foetal heart monitoring; problems using syntocinon, a drug used to make contractions stronger; poor communication with families and issues with consultants, including their role and the time they are on wards and even problems getting hold of them out of hours.
Health Service Journal June 2021 - "20 Wildcards who should be employed by the NHS" - Link Here
Derek Richford, grandfather and campaigner
Several people commented that NHS chief executives need to hear from harmed patients and families: Mr Richford has an extraordinary tale to tell of how his forensic attempts to find out why his grandson died a week after his traumatic birth led to the uncovering of massive failings in maternity services in East Kent. Regulators and commissioners seemed largely unaware of this, and it is only through Mr Richford’s efforts that there has been a court case and an ongoing independent investigation. The difficulty of getting to the truth was only matched by the grief suffered by his family.