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NHS Patient Safety - how will 'Safe Space' in investigations affect injured patients?

As the Parliamentary Joint Committee hears evidence on the Draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill which will establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) and empower it to investigate NHS patient safety incidents, the Association...

Breech birth - what are the RCOG Guidelines?

Mismanaged vaginal breech births, in which the baby’s position means that it is born bottom first or foot first instead of head first, have been found to give rise to a disproportionate number of successful, high value compensation claims. As the...

The Civil Liability Bill and Discount Rate

Following last year’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ) consultation on the Personal Injury Discount Rate  and the MOJ’s proposed draft legislation   to reform the way that the discount rate should be set in future, the Civil Liability...

HSIB to investigate 1000 maternity safety cases

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) extends its remit this month to investigate certain types of maternity incidents, including intrapartum stillbirth, early neonatal deaths, perinatal maternal deaths  and severe brain injuries in...

Scope - The disability price tag

Disability charity, Scope, has published its new policy report, The disability price tag, in which it identifies some of the ways in which life costs more for disabled people. The report calls on government and businesses to act fast to tackle the...

CQC Maternity Survey

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the results of its 2017 Survey of Women’s Experiences in Maternity Care. The results of the survey have been reported to demonstrate that of the 18,426 women who gave birth in February 2017 across 130...

RCOG full report published

The RCOG has now published its full  Each Baby Counts   report, following its analysis of over 700 cases of stillbirth, neonatal death and severe brain injury in term babies in 2015. The Each Baby Counts programme reflects the RCOG’s...

Five Years of Cerebral Palsy Claims: A thematic review of NHS Resolution Data

NHS Resolution has published the findings of a five-year review of cerebral palsy claims,  Five Years of Cerebral Palsy Claims: A thematic review of NHS Resolution Data. The review looked at 50 maternity incidents which took place between 2012 and...

The Personal Injury Discount Rate - legislating for change

Following the outcome of the Personal Injury Discount Rate consultation,  The Personal Injury Discount Rate: How Should It Be Set In Future   the Ministry of Justice has invited comments on its proposed draft legislation before Parliament...

Neonatal hypoglycaemia - 15 years of claims under review

In the first few days after birth, before regular and adequate feeding is established, babies often need help with managing their blood glucose levels. Newborns with low birth-weights (below 2.5kg) or those born to diabetic mothers are at increased risk of...

The Discount Rate - all set to rise again

The Ministry of Justice has published its response to the consultation,  The Personal Injury Discount rate: How  Should It Be Set In Future? The consultation was launched on 30 th  March 2017, a month after the Lord Chancellor announced...

NHSLA's Annual Report - Uncertain times ahead

NHS Resolution, (formerly NHSLA), has presented its Annual Report and Accounts for 2016 -2017 to Parliament. The annual report is the first following the expansion of its remit and change of  strategic focus  and argues NHS Resolution’s case...

Better Births for all - there's no such thing as "normal"

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the midwifery trade union, have confirmed that they are bringing to an end their 12-year-long campaign to promote “normal” births. In a statement dated 14 th  August, the RCM confirmed that following its...

Looking back at the World Para Athletics in London

During the recent World Para Athletics in London it was impossible to watch the events without feeling inspired and in awe of what people are able to achieve. Many of our clients have  cerebral palsy  as a result of negligence and we...

NHS Resolution - Saying sorry when things go wrong

NHS Resolution, the newly rebranded NHS Litigation Authority, has issued a leaflet for healthcare practitioners about the importance of saying sorry when things go wrong. In an open demonstration of NHS Resolution’s  new focus  on upstream...

Each Baby Counts - the recommendations. So, what's new?

In a  recent post  I commented on the RCOG’s report,  Each Baby Counts . The report, published in June, reiterated the commitment of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to reduce by half the number of stillbirths,...

Group B Strep Awareness Month

July is  International Group B Strep Awareness Month  and we’re helping raise awareness about the risks of group B streptococcal (GBS) infection to newborn babies. GBS is a common bacterium that is carried harmlessly by one in five women,...

Cerebra Head Awareness Week

It’s Cerebra’s head awareness week and we’re working with the charity to raise awareness of the challenges faced by children with brain conditions. Everyday tasks, activities, interactions and experiences can all present a...

Each Baby Counts - The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists reports on its findings

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) – the professional association which works to improve women’s healthcare by publishing clinical guidelines and advising government – has published its report,  Each Baby...

New Resolutions? - NHS Resolution 2017/2018 plan

The former NHSLA has published its first business plan under its new name, NHS Resolution. The 2017/2018 plan re-launches the Special Health Authority that was formerly responsible for defending and indemnifying legal claims brought against the NHS, as it...

Personal Injury Discount Rate consultation - Periodical Payment Orders (PPOs)

In my last post  I commented on the Ministry of Justice’s recent consultation paper,  The Personal Injury Discount Rate: How Should It Be Set In Future? I expressed my concerns about the Ministry of Justice’s attempt to circumvent...

The Personal Injury Discount Rate: How Should It Be Set In Future? - the latest consultation

On 30 th  March 2017, just ten days after the long awaited reduction in the discount rate came into force, the Ministry of Justice has issued a consultation,  The Personal Injury Discount Rate: How it should be set in future. The consultation...

Safe Space Consultation - follow up

The Department of Health has published the outcome of the Consultation,  Providing a ‘Safe Space’ in Healthcare Safety Investigations ,  which it launched in October 2016. The Consultation proposed the creation of a statutory...

Scope's new strategy - Everyday Equality

Leading disabled people’s charity, Scope, have published their new strategy for the next five years. “Everyday Equality – Scope’s Strategy 2017- 2022” sets out the charity’s vision for a future in which the UK’s...

Department of Health RRR Consultation - A Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme for Severe Avoidable Birth Injury

The Department of Health has issued a consultation paper seeking comments on its suggested alternative compensation scheme for babies who have been brain damaged at birth by poor medical care. The consultation,  A Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme...

New Discount Rates - and how they affect your claim

The Lord Chancellor recently announced a long-awaited reduction in the discount rate which will affect the way that some compensation awards are calculated. The new discount rate of minus 0.75% replaces the current rate of 2.5%. The change, which follows...

Coping with change -managing transition in cerebral palsy

Life is a series of transitions. We go from babyhood to nursery, from primary education to senior school. For some there is another leap to further or higher education before moving out as adults into the world of employment. For most of us the significance...

NICE Guideline for Cerebral Palsy in Under 25s

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its guideline for the assessment and management of cerebral palsy in children and young people under the age of 25. The guideline aims to ensure that young people with cerebral palsy...

Jaundice and Kernicterus

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline,  Jaundice in Newborn Babies under 28 days,  has recently been amended to clarify the type and extent of phototherapy treatment that should be given to newborn babies with...

Department of Health Consultation - Providing a 'Safe Space' in Healthcare Safety Investigations

The Department of Health is seeking patients’ comments on its proposal to create a statutory “safe space” for NHS clinicians and staff to speak freely during healthcare safety investigations into mistakes and problems in patient care. ...

No two claims are the same - compensation claim for a disabled child

If you’re considering making a compensation claim for a disabled child you might be wondering how much your child’s claim is worth.  When caused by medical negligence, serious neurological injuries such as  cerebral palsy , can attract...

Avoidable birth injuries - 'Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme'

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has invited parents of children who have been injured at birth to speak out about their experiences.  Their input will form part of a consultation process leading up to the introduction of a government...

My child has cerebral palsy. Can I claim compensation?

One of the most frequent questions that we’re asked at Boyes Turner is, “My child has cerebral palsy. Can I claim compensation?” Our specialist medical negligence lawyers are experts in obtaining high value damages awards for babies and...

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day 2016

Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood.  It is also one of the least understood. #WorldCPDay Today on #WorldCPDay people living with cerebral palsy will join together to share their stories and tell the world...

We've joined the fight against meningitis!

We are proud and excited to announce our partnership with Meningitis Now – a charity dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK. We have become a Brighter Future Partner and aim to support the charity with their vision of a future where no one in...

Cerebral palsy and cerebral palsy compensation - an overview

Cerebral palsy is the general term for a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. It is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles and can occur where a brain is damaged before, during...

Let's be Group B Strep aware

It’s Group B Strep Awareness month and we’re helping to raise awareness of group B Strep infection. What is Group B Strep? Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is normal bacterium most commonly found in the intestines. It is usually harmless. Why...

RCOG seek to raise awareness to reduce maternal deaths and injury to the unborn child

One in ten thousand pregnancies in the UK and Ireland results in the death of the mother.  Of these 32% were due to complications during pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia or bleeding, while 68% were due to other medical and mental health...

Over 900 babies born in 2015 died or were seriously brain injured due to mistakes during labour

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is working through it’s “Each Baby Counts” project to try to reduce this number by 50% by 2020. Of the 921 babies whose cases were reported to the project 655 (71%) had...

Rapid resolution scheme for babies who incur avoidable harm back in the news

On March 17 we reported that the  National Maternity Review had recommended a scheme be developed  whereby the NHS offers financial assistance to the families of babies who are injured by avoidable mistakes during childbirth.  The NHS and...

UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report published May 2016

The UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 2016, published by Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme (MBRRACE – UK), monitors rates of still births and neonatal deaths in the UK.  This is the second perinatal report...

National Maternity review recommends 'redress scheme' for birth injuries

The National Maternity Review was published in February 2016. One of the recommendations is for a ‘rapid resolution and redress scheme’ for birth injuries. Compensation for birth injuries It is felt that the current system for obtaining...

National maternity review published - give women a choice

The Cumberlege report into safer maternity care was published on Tuesday and recommends that all women should be offered the choice to give birth where they want, with the support of the same midwife throughout pregnancy, labour and the early weeks of...

NHS review highlights negligent maternity services

The NHS will today publish a major review into the safety of maternity services.  It was commissioned following the scandal at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS trust where, over a decade, up to 30 mothers and babies died following...

Hundreds of babies are left brain-damaged each year because the NHS does not learn from its mistakes

The number of compensation claims for cerebral palsy and brain damage sustained at birth has barely changed since 2006/07. Obstetrics claims account for 41 per cent of the value of compensation claims for medical negligence against the NHS. It is not...

NHS midwifery care - Report reveals extensive use of agency midwives

New figures obtained through Freedom of Information enquiry reveal that the NHS spent almost £18m on agency midwives in one year – enough to employ 511 full-time staff midwives. Using data obtained by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)...

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care - Maternal death report released

A report released earlier this month by MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK has found that, although there are now fewer pregnancy related deaths, care in respect of women’s mental...

Bliss report on neonatal services in the UK

Bliss, the national charity dedicated to the needs of premature and sick children, has received evidence from neonatal units, neonatal transport services and parents across the country about the state of neonatal care in England in 2015. Their findings...

Babies born at weekends are at greater risk of dying or suffering brain injury

Following on from the Government’s recent ambitious pledge to cut the rate of babies dying and suffering brain injury by 50% by 2030, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has just published a study indicating that there is a 7% increase in babies dying...

Independent review of maternity care services in England

An independent review of NHS maternity services in England is taking place this month, with a view to making recommendations for improvements in maternity care provision. The ‘NHS Maternity Review’, being conducted in conjunction with the...
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