AN Urmston father whose baby died after midwives failed to notice he had been born under bed sheets, has dismissed an apology from the hospital trust responsible for his care as “too little too late”.

Maninder Singh was born at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, on October 23 2008, after a long labour during which his mother Geeta, who suffered from diabetes, had opted for an epidural which meant she could not feel anything from the waist down.

According to solicitors representing the family, Irwin Mitchell, medical evidence indicates that Maninder was already in poor health.

The spokesman said: "The the delay in staff noticing and acting to resuscitate him meant he suffered further, avoidable injury."

Maninder remained in hospital until his death on May 4 2009.

Mrs Singh died of multiple organ failure, septicaemia and diabetes in the months following the birth of her second child in January 2010.

And at a one day inquest into Maninder’s death at Manchester Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, Coroner Nigel Meadows recorded a narrative verdict.

Maninder’s father, Kamaljeet, said: “This has been an extremely difficult four years for my family who lost a much loved son under horrific circumstances.

“I am pleased that we finally have justice, and that the trust has admitted that more could have been done to save Maninder, but it has been four years and this apology is too little too late.

“My wife died never knowing what happened and why and never knowing that anyone was sorry for our loss.”

Kathryn Murphy, head of nursing and midwifery at Saint Mary's Hospital, said: "We have recognised there were failings surrounding the care of Maninder Singh in 2008 and we accept that this fell below the level of care we normally provide.

"As a result, we have reviewed our practices and systems and implemented a number of changes.

"We would like to once again offer offfer our sincere condolences to the Singh family and express our profound regret for Maninder's death."