Have you been affected by Maternity Care Failings?
Following the largest maternity scandal at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, an independent inquiry announced by the government into the maternity failings at East Kent NHS Foundation Trust has begun. It follows the report of at least the preventable death of 15 babies in recent years*.
East Kent NHS Foundation Trust independent Inquiry
A statement by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch said, ‘’delays in taking action when a baby was in distress was a safety risk in maternity care’’. It said its investigation will look at how staff work in maternity units and how they respond to challenges.
This comes after the heart-breaking death of baby Harry Richford in 2017, seven days after his birth at Margate’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, because of complications with his delivery and aftercare. Harry Richford’s death was absolutely avoidable. And only after the persistence of the family was an inquest ordered. Since this, a serious of failings have come to light and it is believed at least 15 babies have died because of negligence in recent years.
A spokesperson for the trust said: We know that we have not always provided the standard of care for every woman and baby that they expected and deserved, and wholeheartedly apologise to every one of those families we have let down’’. Health minister Nadine Dorries has promised ‘’immediate action’’*.
There are too many heart-breaking similarities with the avoidable tragedies that have taken place at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust and East Kent NHS Foundation Trust. It has been announced this week, that a much needed national investigation into maternity safety across the UK has been launched. The families affected across the whole of the UK, need to know that the failures have been addressed and it will never happen again.
The national investigation will review the delays in the delivery of babies where there are suspicions the baby is in difficulty, which is ultimately leading to death or brain damage. On the back of this, it will make national safety recommendations for the whole maternity service to stop this from happening.
Have you been affected by Maternity Failings?
Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Clinical Negligence team currently act for a number of families whose child has suffered brain injury during birth, as well as acting in heart-breaking cases, where a child died during pregnancy or birth.
Director of Clinical Negligence at Hampson Hughes, Carlos Lopez stated:
‘’The independent and national inquiry are long overdue. There is clearly an unacceptable standard of maternity care. Maternity units need to show the highest level of care to both Mother and Child. But sadly, neglect in pregnancy is widespread. As a Clinical Negligence Solicitor, I have been instructed against a number of hospitals maternity unit across the North West and have sadly seen an increase in the number of these type of claims’’.
The birth of a child should be the most joyous occasion for mother, baby and family. The process itself requires some of the highest standards of medical care and attention in order to ensure that the health of both the mother and child Is protected. If these high standards of medical care are not met it can lead to birth injuries to the mother and baby.
If you have suffered at the hands of negligent maternity care, you could have cause to bring a birth injury claim for compensation. Contact our friendly Clinical Negligence team today: