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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...

Bliss identifies inadequate neonatal services

Bliss , the UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for premature and sick babies and their families, has warned that two thirds of NHS neonatal intensive care units do not have enough nurses and doctors, and a similar number are...

CQC report poor NHS hospital care in England

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reported that three-quarters of  NHS hospitals in England  are failing to meet high standards of safety. Inspectors rated 13 per cent of hospitals “inadequate” for safety while 61 per cent...

Loss of midwifery units affect level of maternity care

The National Childbirth Trust has issued a warning that at least a dozen midwife-led units are under threat due to a shortage of midwives. This follows an estimate by the Royal College of Midwives that Britain is short of 10,000 midwifery staff, with low...

World CP Day 7 October 2015

  World CP day was first launched in 2012. It is supported by hundreds of organisations in countries all around the world. The vision of the awareness campaign is to ensure that everyone with cerebral palsy (CP) has the same access, rights and...

Pregnancy and childbirth in the UK

Save the Children’s annual ‘State of the World’s Mothers’   reports that women in the UK are more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as those in other European countries. Britain failed to rank in...

Brain Awareness Week 2015: 16-22 March

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.  A number of global organisations take part, including universities, hospitals, schools and professional groups.  The week...

Ineffectiveness of Health Service Ombudsman

The Patients Association today releases a damning report into the effectiveness of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). The report concludes: ‘The evidence we have gathered gives a public perception of the PHSO as lacklustre, weak,...

Hospitals wasting up to £2.5 billion per year on medical error

In a speech at Birmingham Children’s hospital, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will claim today that Hospitals are wasting up to £2.5bn a year of the total NHS budget through basic poor care and medical error. Hunt will renew his criticism...

Legal Aid for clinical negligence

Public opinion has hardened against the government’s cuts to legal aid, according to the results of a poll newly published to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the legal aid system. Research, funded by the Law Society and carried out...

Clinical Negligence 'chancers'

The NHS Litigation Authority has reported an ‘unprecedented’ level of new claims as personal injury solicitors branch out into clinical negligence. The authority’s annual report, published this week, has revealed that the number of...

Honesty in the NHS

The long campaign, strongly supported by Boyes Turner, for a statutory duty of candour requiring medical staff to tell the truth when a serious error has been made is soon to come to fruition. The duty will form part of statutory regulations setting out...

The Medical Innovation Bill

The Bill was born out of the overwhelming grief of its sponsor, Lord Saatchi, after the loss of his wife to cancer, as well as a genuine desire to encourage doctors to use innovative medicine and techniques to ensure patients have the best possible chance...

New approach to clinical negligence claims

The leader of one of England’s biggest NHS trusts has vowed that his organisation will take a new approach to clinical negligence claims. Stuart Poynor, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership, is reported by the Law...

'Wilful neglect' becomes a criminal offence

Staff will face the risk of going to jail if they mistreat patients after ministers decided to ignore protests from doctors’ organisations and bring in a criminal offence of “wilful neglect”.  Deliberate or reckless behaviour towards...

NICE create guidelines for nursing staff

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has drawn up guidelines to address levels of nursing staff following the Francis Inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. Having hospital nurses care for more than eight patients each during...

Half of NHS hospitals found to have no medical staff on non-executive boards

Researchers from Bournemouth University have found that half of  NHS hospitals do not have a single doctor or nurse on their non-executive board. Overall, only 8 per cent of the non-executive directors at more than 160 NHS trusts had frontline...

Boyes Turner secure settlement for highly complex birth injury case

Specialist cerebral palsy solicitors,  Susan Brown  and  Vanessa Wand , of Boyes Turner secured a full admission of liability for Nicholas* in a highly complex birth injury case. The injury left Nicholas with bilateral cerebral palsy...

Ruling handed down about gifts from a child's compensation award

This recent case handed down by Judge Lush on the 20 March 2014 relates to an application for a gift to be made from the damages award of an 11 year old boy known as AK. AK has  cerebral palsy  as a result of injuries sustained at the time of his...

Boyes Turner secure settlement for birth injury claim

Specialist cerebral palsy solicitor Susan Brown of Boyes Turner secured a settlement at 50% of the liability case for Sophie* in a highly complex birth injury case.   The injury left Sophie with severe full body cerebral palsy.  The injury was...

Report concludes that doctors should admit their mistakes

The conclusions of a report by the president of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and an NHS trust chief executive will put pressure on the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to agree to a full  ‘duty of candour’ , which patients’...

Damning report on maternity care released

A damning report on maternity care by the Public Accounts Committee suggests that women are being failed by NHS maternity services with more than 14 babies a day in England either stillborn or dying within seven days of their birth.  It said there were...

Specialist medical negligence solicitors secure compensation for Zac after a highly complex birth injury claim

Boyes Turner’s specialist cerebral palsy solicitors  secured a settlement for approximately £3 million after a highly complex  birth injury  case.  Zac suffered a brain injury at the time of his birth in 2005, and suffers...

Midwifery failure of care

A  Care Quality Commission  survey of 23,000 women who gave birth in England in February revealed significant dissatisfaction, and sometimes anger and anguish. One in four said they were left alone by midwives or doctors during or after labour or...

Cerebral palsy claim settled for £1.4 million

Yesterday at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, a high court Judge, approved the settlement in a very  complex cerebral palsy claim , handled by Boyes Turner, for a child with profound disabilities caused by injuries...

Boyes Turner secure £1.3 million settlement for 14 year old Malcolm

Specialist  cerebral palsy  solicitor Susan Brown of Boyes Turner secured a settlement of £1.3m for Malcolm after highly complex  birth injuries  were sustained.  The injury left Malcolm with moderate dyskinetic cerebral...

Boyes Turner secure £7 million settlement for Jennifer

Specialist cerebral palsy solicitor, Susan Brown of Boyes Turner, secured a £7m settlement for Jennifer*  after a highly complex  birth injury  case. The injury left Jennifer with dyskinetic cerebral palsy which affected all of her...

Causes of cerebral palsy - new study

Findings from a 15-year study published in  Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica , a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, indicate that human error is the most common cause of infant asphyxiation at...

Boyes Turner secure compensation following delay in diagnosis of meningitis

Boyes Turner secured a 57.5% liability settlement in favour of 23 year old,  Joanne*  who developed a severe brain injury after a delay in diagnosis and treatment of meningitis in February 1990. Joanne has been diagnosed with  cerebral...

Boyes Turner secure £3 million settlement for Jessica

Boyes Turner’s Cerebral Palsy compensation team secured a settlement for approximately £3 million for  Jessica * after a highly complex birth injury case.  The injury left Jessica with  athetoid cerebral palsy  caused...

Oxborrow v West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust

Nathan* has been awarded £3 million for the  injuries he sustained at the time of his birth  in October 2006. He was born at West Suffolk Hospital by emergency caesarean section at 4.26 am. Nathan’s mother had been admitted to...

Lack of support for special educational needs in the UK

In the UK, educational support for special educational needs (SEN) children is supposed to be woven into mainstream health and education provision. However, integration of care is not aided by the historic divide that has always existed in caring between...

Maternity care negligence

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the NHS care watchdog, has uncovered “a catalogue of failings” at Barts Health NHS Trust including uncaring staff, blood-stained equipment, poor hygiene standards, patients not being helped to eat and a...

7 year old awarded £2.2 million after negligent delivery led to cerebral palsy

Jonathan’s* mother was induced on 19 April at the defendant hospital, following which her labour progressed slowly. Intermittent heart monitoring was undertaken for the next couple of days. On the morning of 22 April Jonathan’s heart rate became...

12 year old with cerebral palsy awarded substantial compensation

In July 2001 Callum*, now aged 12, was delivered at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. It was subsequently found that he had been  starved of oxygen during the labour . Consequently he was diagnosed with  cerebral palsy  affecting...

Pre-eclampsia poses cerebral palsy risk for premature and small babies

Exposure to  pre-eclampsia  is associated with an increased risk of  cerebral palsy (CP) in newborns, if they are preterm or small at birth, suggests a study published today on  bmj.com . Pre-eclampsia affects 3-5% of pregnant women...

Home birth complications 'less common' than hospital

The BBC recently ran  a report  outlining some research that was published in the British Medical Journal recently which related to a study in the Netherlands that concluded that, particularly for second time mums, a planned home birth is...

We care - Boyes Turner show their support for the Britain Cares campaign

The Government are bringing in a Care and Support Bill to decide what public services to support in a Spending Review on 26th June.  Over 100,000 people may miss out on help with these basic needs if proposed spending cuts are put into place. ...
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