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Patients remain at risk of poor care in an NHS trust which has faced serious concerns after the deaths of two pregnant women, according to a report.

An investigation into Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRT) by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) "identifies serious problems and places requirements on the Trust to deliver fundamental and wide-ranging improvements", said the CQC.

Its investigation into the King George and Queen's Hospital sites, at Ilford and Romford respectively, began in early July.

The CQC said that "despite some signs of improvement in recent months, patients remain at risk of poor care in this Trust".

It added: "While the most immediate concerns were around maternity services, failings were also identified in emergency care and in radiology. Widespread improvement is needed in patient flows, the management of complaints, staff recruitment and governance in order to improve patient experience."

The chief executive of the trust apologised last month for failings in the standard of care given to two women who died after using its maternity service.

Violet Stephens died in Queen's Hospital in April, after being admitted with pre-eclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition in pregnant women. Channel 4 News said a report into her death uncovered a "succession of failures" in her care.

The serious untoward incident report found there was a failure to administer a blood transfusion as planned, a delay in making the decision to deliver her baby, and when she was found unresponsive with gasping breath, it took 25 minutes for a cardiac arrest call to be made, said the programme.

Tebussum Ali, known as Sareena, died with her newborn baby at the hospital in January.

The report into those deaths said hospital staff failed to spot the signs of a ruptured womb and then tried to resuscitate Ms Ali with a disconnected oxygen mask, according to Channel 4 News.

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