The following quotes can be attributed to Slater and Gordon Principal lawyer Anne Shortall:
Slater and Gordon represents a number of families whose babies died or were left with life-changing injuries following their birth at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.
It has been clear to us for many months that the extent of problems identified at the hospital in October last year were worse than first thought and date back many years. This is why we have continually called for the investigation to be widened.
Unfortunately, today’s announcement by the health minister confirms that this is one of Victoria’s worst health scandals.
Eleven avoidable baby deaths at one Victorian hospital is an unprecedented tragedy.
The families who have lost babies at Bacchus Marsh Hospital are entitled to and deserve to be compensated for the loss of their precious children.
We must also not forget the dozens of families whose children have suffered brain injuries as a result of traumatic births at the hospital. We are investigating a number of these claims and will ensure that the ongoing suffering these families are enduring is also recognised.