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Doctors charged over mother's death

Published 21/04/2015

Frances Cappuccini died at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, after giving birth on October 9 2012
Frances Cappuccini died at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, after giving birth on October 9 2012

Two doctors have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of a primary school teacher who died after giving birth by emergency caesarean section.

Frances Cappuccini, 30, died at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, after giving birth on October 9 2012.

Kent Police said that Dr Nadeem Azeez, 52, and Dr Errol Cornish, 67, of Holmbury Park, Bromley, south-east London, have both been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have also authorised a charge of corporate manslaughter against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which ran Pembury Hospital.

It has emerged that an international arrest warrant has been issued for Dr Azeez, formerly of Chestnut Avenue, Tunbridge Wells, who is believed to have returned to Pakistan.

The case will be first heard at Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court on May 1.

A spokeswoman for the Trust said there was no comment to make at this stage.

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