An Aberdeen midwife who was at the centre of a police investigation into 22 births will not face charges, it has been announced.

Kirsteen Stewart, 45, was suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in July 2010 after colleagues expressed concerns about her work. Mrs Stewart had previously been suspended for 18 months by the NMC after "serious allegations of malpractice".

The initial allegations centred on the number of caesarean sections carried out on pregnant women by Mrs Stewart at Aberdeen Community Hospital, while one woman believed she may have had an unnecessary caesarean section.

In July 2010, the NMC investigating committee stated: "Without some form of restriction in place, there would be a real risk of significant harm to mothers and babies."

However, the Crown Office has now revealed that Mrs Stewart will not face prosecution. A spokesman said: "We can confirm that the procurator 
fiscal at Aberdeen has received a report concerning a 45-year-old female in connection with alleged incidents occurring 
between April 2001 and March 2010 at Aberdeen Royal 
Infirmary.

"Following an extensive investigation by Grampian Police, and after full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, including the available evidence, independent Crown counsel instructed that there should be no proceedings at this time.

"[However] The Crown reserve the right to proceed in future should further evidence become available."

Posted by Robert Mair on 08/08/2012