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Maternity care failings

A register of mistakes during maternity care over two years to March 2017 has revealed that around one in five births are affected by mistakes. Fortunately, most do not result in serious harm but some do with 288 deaths reported between April 2015 to March 2017 and 479 incidents recorded...

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Government announce plans to deliver safer maternity care

Safer maternity care The Department of Health has published a report on 28 November; ‘Safer Maternity Care: Progress and Next Steps’ in support of its ambition to halve the number of stillbirths, deaths and brain injuries by 2025. Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged that the NHS must improve to learn from...

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Maternity Audit Report to assist NHS in delivery of service

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) has published a report on 9 November 2017 which identifies both opportunities for improvement and highlights areas of good practice. The report concludes that a significant variation exists in maternity care in England, Scotland and Wales. Although some of the variation is as...

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Claims against the NHS can help to improve its safety standards

Every parent wishes to give birth to a ‘healthy child’ and for a significant majority of mothers giving birth in England and Wales this will happen. A report published by the NHS Litigation Authority in October 2016 concluded that having a baby under the NHS was very safe but acknowledged...

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Natural Birth Campaign to end – too late for some?

Birth Injuries In a low key announcement, the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives has confirmed that they will be dropping their 12 year long campaign for “normal births”. Identified by the Inquiry in to the Morecambe Bay Trust as a contributory factor in the death of 11...

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Inquiry into baby deaths and brain injuries during birth

‘Each Baby Counts’ According to figures from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists between 500 to 800 babies die or are left with severe brain injury as a result of something going wrong during the labour. The college has undertaken a national quality improvement programme: ‘Each Baby Counts’ to...

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Maternity errors at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Questions are being asked of the safety of maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust with concerns about safe practice for a decade or more. We recently reported on the investigation announced by the Department of Health. It has now emerged that the maternity department has paid...

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Royal Berkshire NHS Trust failed in care of newborn baby

The parents of a newborn baby who tragically died two days after birth instructed Kerry Fifield, Partner, to act in September 2013. Mrs Frances Sewell, who lives in Reading with her husband Darren, gave birth to Spencer on 2 September 2013 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. As a result of negligent...

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Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital Baby Death Probe

Much media interest was generated following the announcement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that a “cluster” of baby deaths at Shrewsbury Hospital would be the subject of an NHS England investigation. Coroner’s Inquests have identified failings in the care provided by the Trust to mothers and babies in the course...

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Women warned of health risks of fertility drug

Following an increase in the number of complications arising out of its use, women undergoing fertility treatment are being urged to look out for symptoms of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (“OHSS”) which, amongst other effects, can lead to death if left untreated. A recent report has revealed that 60 women were...

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