How does Boyes Turner protect vulnerable clients and their compensation?

As specialist solicitors in high value cerebral palsy claims, our aim is to secure compensation which will meet our severely disabled clients’ needs throughout their lives. Most of our clients with cerebral palsy or neurological disability from...

How does Boyes Turner protect vulnerable clients and their compensation?

As specialist solicitors in high value cerebral palsy claims, our aim is to secure compensation which will meet our severely disabled clients’ needs throughout their lives. Most of our clients with cerebral palsy or neurological disability from...

HSIB's patient safety investigations are now handled by HSSIB and MNSI

Former healthcare watchdog, HSIB, has now handed over its patient safety investigations programmes to HSSIB and MNSI. HSIB’s transformation to HSSIB finally took effect on 1st October 2023. This means that HSIB’s national investigations...

HSIB's Maternity Investigations Review 2022/23 - more than 1,380 maternity safety recommendations

England’s healthcare safety watchdog, the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), has published its maternity investigations programme’s 2022/23 annual review.  The report highlights HSIB’s recent work to identify and alert the...

Medical negligence and maternity claims data from NHS Resolution's 2022/23 annual report

The NHS’s defence organisation, NHS Resolution, have published their annual report and accounts for the year 2022 to 2023. NHS Resolution’s annual round up sets out the financial cost of harm from medical negligence looking back over the last...

NHS Race and Health Observatory finds babies at risk from neonatal assessments based on skin colour

A review by the NHS Race and Health Observatory has found that babies of Black, Asian and ethnic minority ethnicity have a higher risk of delayed diagnosis of serious neonatal  conditions which are diagnosed by assessment of skin colour.  The...

King's Fund report highlights the needs of unpaid carers

A report by The King’s Fund has highlighted the need for better support for unpaid carers. The report, Caring in a Complex World , says that each year in England, unpaid family carers provide the equivalent of 4 million paid care workers or 7.9...

HSIB maternity investigations to be taken over by the CQC

Less than two months since the government announced  a six-month delay in MNSI’s takeover of Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s (HSIB) Maternity Investigation Programme, health ministers have now said that HSIB’s maternity...

HSIB says risk assessments must be more personal to provide safe maternity care

Healthcare watchdog, HSIB, has reviewed over 200 recommendations made in its maternity programme investigations to identify how risk assessment affects safety in maternity care  during pregnancy, labour and birth. HSIB’s findings are published in...

HSIB's handover of investigations to MNSI and HSSIB delayed until October 2023

Read our latest article "HSIB's patient safety investigations are now handled by HSSIB and MNSI". The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that HSIB’s imminent handover of its maternity and healthcare safety...

NHS Resolution's Early Notification (EN) Scheme update lacks evidence of early financial help for families after birth injury

The NHS’s defence organisation, NHS Resolution, has published its latest report on the Early Notification (EN) Scheme . The second report: The evolution of the Early Notification Scheme promotes NHS Resolution’s efforts to reduce the length...

HSIB - 731 maternity safety incidents referred for investigation in 2021/2022

Healthcare safety watchdog, HSIB, has reported on a year of maternity safety incident investigations. The report, HSIB maternity investigation programme year in review 2021/22, looks back at HSIB’s investigations into the deaths of mothers, and the ...

RCM's Re:Birth Project finds mothers want safe, positive births and clear, factual, non-judgmental language

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published its report on the Re:Birth Project which asked women and birthing people, their families and maternity professionals about the type of language that should be used in conversations and clinical records during...

NHS Resolution prioritises maternity in latest strategy - is compensating patients part of the plan?

The NHS’s defence organisation, NHS Resolution, has published its strategic plan for the next three years, ‘ Advise, Resolve and Learn ’.  For the first time, maternity is at the top of the to do list as a stand-alone strategic...

#See the hidden me: How lockdown revealed hidden abilities in a child with maximum severity disability from HIE resulting in cerebral palsy

This Action for Brain Injury Week, charities, campaigners and other supporters of people with acquired brain injury (ABI) are raising awareness of the hidden challenges that come with the condition, and inviting us to #SeeTheHiddenMe. It is well known for...

Ockenden Maternity Review - repeated failings harmed mothers and babies on an unprecedented scale

The final report of the Ockenden Maternity Review has found that Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust ‘failed to investigate, failed to learn and failed to improve and therefore often failed to safeguard mothers and their babies at one of the...

HSIB to investigate ethnicity and delayed diagnosis of neonatal jaundice

UPDATE - You can now read about HSIB's full report here. HSIB have launched an investigation into the way that ethnicity affects the detection of neonatal jaundice. The healthcare watchdog will explore the safety issues associated with delayed...

HSIB reports on delayed emergency neonatal blood transfusion at birth following acute blood loss during labour and/or delivery

Healthcare watchdog, HSIB, have published their latest national investigation report,  Emergency neonatal blood transfusion at birth following acute blood loss during labour and/or delivery . The national investigation was launched following...

Caesarean section births - NHS maternity chiefs tell hospitals to abandon 'unsafe' targets

NHS maternity services in England must stop limiting the number of caesarean sections they perform to meet ‘unsafe’ targets. According to media sources, including The Guardian newspaper and the BBC, a letter from NHS maternity chiefs has asked...

HSIB report calls for change to 'postcode lottery' 999 call advice for mothers awaiting ambulances for maternity emergencies

Healthcare watchdog, HSIB, has published its latest national investigation report, Maternity pre-arrival instructions by 999 call handlers . The national investigation followed an HSIB maternity investigation into the telephone advice given by a...

New plans announced for the future of maternity safety investigations

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, has told Parliament that the government plans to set up a Special Health Authority to continue the work of the HSIB’s maternity investigation programme.  The announcement appears to...

Baby Lifeline's 'Mind the Gap' report says gaps in maternity training are putting mothers and babies at risk

Maternity charity, Baby Lifeline’s report, Mind the Gap 2021: An Investigation into Maternity Training for Frontline Professionals Across the UK (2020/21), says gaps in maternity training in NHS hospitals are putting mothers and babies at risk. The...

Government launches inquiry into NHS medical negligence system reform

In July 2021 the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Committee’s report  into the safety of maternity services in England condemned the rate of improvement in NHS maternity care as too slow. Amongst its findings, the Committee, chaired by former...

HSIB reviews a year of 760 maternity investigations

Healthcare watchdog, the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (also known as HSIB), has published its 2020/21 maternity programme review. The report looks back on the work that HSIB has carried out to investigate patient safety incidents arising from NHS...

Maternity safety: HSIB finds failings in midwife training, competency testing and suitability of fetal heart rate monitoring equipment

Healthcare watchdog, HSIB, has published its latest national learning report into maternity safety, focussing on the suitability of continuous fetal heart rate monitoring equipment used in pregnancy and labour. HSIB’s report , Suitability of equipment...

Health and Social Care Committee's Report on maternity safety says rate of improvement too slow

A report by the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into maternity services in England, chaired by Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt , has condemned the rate of improvement in NHS maternity care as too slow. The committee’s conclusions are based...

Group B Strep Trial of Routine GBS Testing for Pregnant Women

In 2019 the National Institute of Health Research funded a trial to look at whether a regular test for group B strep (GBS) infection would improve the prevention of early onset group B streptococcal infections in babies. The trial was to be held across...

Each Baby Counts (EBC) final report says no reduction in brain damaged babies, stillbirths or early neonatal deaths

Each Baby Counts ( EBC ), the RCOG’s maternity improvement programme which hoped to halve the number of term babies who die or suffer brain injury during birth, has published its final report. The  Each Baby Counts 2020 Final Progress...

Latest HSIB report: severe brain injury, neonatal death and stillbirth from maternity care of big babies and shoulder dystocia

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB)   has published its latest national learning report into maternity safety: Severe brain injury, early neonatal death and intrapartum stillbirth associated with larger babies and shoulder dystocia. ...

Ockenden Independent Review Calls For 'Immediate And Essential' Action To Improve Safety In Maternity Care

The Ockenden Review of Maternity Services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has called for ‘immediate and essential’ action across maternity services in England to improve maternity safety. What is the Ockenden Review? The Ockenden...

Changes to the law allow claimants with long-term serious injury to claim additional costs of accommodation

The law relating to the amount of compensation that a severely injured person can claim for the extra cost of buying a home suitable for their disability has changed. The Court of Appeal has ruled that claimants whose injuries leave them with special...

NHS Resolution Annual Report 2019/20 - protecting the NHS against injured patients?

NHS Resolution, the organisation which defends the NHS against clinical negligence claims, has published its annual report for 2019 to 2020. The report contains the usual headline-grabbing figures for compensation paid to patients injured by negligent care,...

HSIB learning report says better care is needed to avoid harm to newborn babies from unsafe skin-to-skin contact

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s (HSIB) latest national learning report has highlighted the need for better care to avoid harm to newborn babies from unsafe skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. The report follows HSIB’s...

HSIB Learning Report - babies seriously injured from maternity and neonatal errors in GBS (group B strep) care

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch or HSIB have published a national learning report from their investigations of maternity and neonatal errors in GBS (group B strep) care resulting in serious birth and neonatal injury to babies. The national...

New Maternity Safety Inquiry - improving patient safety or cutting claimant compensation?

Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee has launched a new inquiry into the safety of maternity services in England. The announcement and ‘call for evidence’ follows a call by former Health Secretary , Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP,...

HSIB's Summary Report on Maternity Safety Themes at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

This week, the families of babies who died or suffered brain injury as a result of negligent maternity care at two maternity units run by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust begin sharing their experiences with the panel of investigators...

Hyponatraemia - brain injury from low blood sodium caused by fluid monitoring errors in childbirth

We hear a lot about the importance of good hydration. People who are interested in health or fitness make sure that they are drinking plenty of water. In childbirth, excess water consumption can leave the bloodstream dangerously short of sodium (salt). This...

What is hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) and what does it mean for my child?

Parents who are trying to come to terms with a newborn baby’s brain injury often feel frustrated at the lack of clear information. They know that something serious happened at birth. They may even have been contacted by NHS Resolution , the NHS...

Birthrights - are NHS trusts using coronavirus as an excuse to refuse caesarean sections?

One in four births in the UK takes place by caesarean section. That means that 25% of mothers either need or want to have their baby by surgical operation. Some of these will try to give birth vaginally but find that concerns about their own or the...

Birth injury compensation claims from Syntocinon, uterine hyperstimulation and uterine rupture in labour

Contractions of the mother’s uterus (womb) are a natural part of childbirth. Successful labour and vaginal delivery depend on the mother’s uterine contractions opening (dilating) the cervix and pushing the baby down into the birth canal. ...

Twin pregnancy - complications and causes of claims for compensation

According to the NHS , twin and multiple pregnancies are becoming more common. Today, 1 in 65 births in the UK are twins or multiple babies, compared with 1 in 100 in 1984. Twin pregnancies carry greater risks for the mother and baby than...

RCOG and RCM set new guidelines for minimum antenatal and postnatal maternity care standards during COVID-19

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have published new guidelines setting out recommended minimum standards of safe antenatal and postnatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidelines...

VBAC (Vaginal birth after caesarean section) - what are the risks?

When a pregnant woman is advised to have a vaginal delivery after her previous child was born by  caesarean section, she must be properly advised and her labour carefully managed to reduce her risk of uterine rupture. The Royal College of Obstetricians...

Each Baby Counts: 72% of injured babies in 2017 might have had different outcomes with better care

Each Baby Counts, the maternity care improvement programme run by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) which aims to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and babies who are brain-damaged at birth, has published its latest...

HSIB National Learning Report identifies themes in NHS maternity safety - but still no recommendations

HSIB has published its long-awaited first national learning report into maternity safety since taking over responsibility for investigating incidents of brain damage, stillbirth and neonatal injury to babies, and maternal deaths, in April 2018. The report...

Care Quality Commission tells NHS maternity services improvement is needed to 'get safer faster'

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently told NHS maternity services in England to improve faster ‘to ensure that women and babies get consistently good, safe care’. In its March 2020 report, ‘ Getting safer faster: key areas...

Vitamin K deficiency bleeding - Why newborn babies need Vitamin K

We are all familiar with everyday vitamins, such as vitamins A, B, C, D and E, but how much do you know about vitamin K? Most adults who are eating a healthy diet will never need extra vitamin K because their bodies produce enough of it naturally. For...

Jeremy Hunt calls for maternity safety enquiry

Former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has called for an independent enquiry into maternity safety in the NHS. According to The Independent , he is calling for a probe into why poor care and cover-ups are being repeated at different hospitals to find out...

Meet cerebral palsy lawyer Susan Brown

Susan Brown has dedicated her specialist legal career spanning over 25 years to helping brain-injured and severely disabled children and their families rebuild their lives after negligently caused birth and neonatal injury. Nationally acclaimed and...

Patients' lawyers ask NHS Resolution; "What are you telling parents of babies harmed at birth?"

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a professional body of specialist lawyers who act for people harmed as a result of negligence, has called for NHS Resolution to tell them what they are advising parents of babies who have been brain-injured...
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