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 £24.3 million in compensation and legal fees, according to the NHS’s own figures over the past decade.

The information emerging at this Trust is not new. As long ago as 1st July 2015 concern was being expressed by an obstetrician at the Trust, Dr Adam Gornall regarding the safety at his Trust.

Problems within the Trust include failures of monitoring during delivery, leading to the deaths of babies, damage to babies leading to permanent brain injury and major disability, the death of a mother.

Concern about the cluster of deaths and problems within the maternity department is based on comparison of the figures for harm (and compensation payments made) compared with other similar obstetric units.

The issues at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust have highlighted in particular problems for families in dealing with the aftermath of birth injuries. The Morris family whose twin girls were born at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in 2005, has a daily reminder of the struggle of caring for a child with cerebral palsy. These types of cases are often complex and difficult to investigate. They require considerable expertise to clarify whether injury to a child has arisen as a result of a mistake on the part of clinicians and to properly investigate the injury and provision for a child for the rest of their life, not just when they are young, is a painstaking task requiring numerous expert reports.

Skilled lawyers working alongside a team of specialists including physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons, educational psychologists, care and occupational therapy experts, to name but a few are required to consider every aspect of future needs including the potential for deterioration. The lawyers who work on these types of case have built up the skills through many years and are generally accredited by either The Law Society or Action Against Medical Accidents.

Clarke Willmott have specialist lawyers who are accredited to both panels and a vast wealth of experience and skill.

If you or a member of your family have been affected by these issues then please contact a member of the team by telephone on 0800 316 8892 or email