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Concerns over an increase in birth injury compensation claims have arisen after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) investigation into standards at maternity wards across the UK.
It has revealed that a shocking 40% are not delivering safe care for expectant mothers
The CQC report follows damning evidence of unsafe working practices amongst midwives at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.
Published in March 2022, the Donna Ockenden report was the culmination of an investigation into thousands of families’ maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust over a timeframe of almost two decades.
As specialists in birth injury compensation claims, Blackwater Law covered the report’s findings which detailed dozens of cases of avoidable injuries and even deaths at the Trust. Staff were found to be overly confident in their abilities to deal with complex births and were pre-occupied with promoting “normal births.” They were often in direct conflict with national healthcare guidelines.
Advocates of “normal” births pressure mothers into vaginal deliveries. Even when there is evidence to suggest that a C-section would be safer for the mother and / or child. The practice conflicts with official medical guidelines but is still advocated for by a minority of midwives.
Donna Ockenden has since warned that expectant mothers cannot expect safe care in UK maternity wards until all the recommendations made in her report are implemented on a nationwide basis.
Just days after the Donna Ockenden report highlighted the dangers of promoting so-called “normal” births, the CQC indicated that the dangerous practice had been encouraged in at least five NHS trusts across the UK.
In the UK around a third of childbirths come via C-section. But the investigation found several Trusts across the UK where rates were much lower, including:
The CQC’s report found that 80 of the 193 Trusts reviewed were not delivering acceptable maternity care. Only, two were made the highest grade of “outstanding.” 72 “required improvement” and eight were found to be “inadequate”.
If you or a family member has been the victim of clinical negligence because of poor maternity care, you should speak to a birth injury solicitor for advice on how to proceed.
If you’re not sure about the process or whether you have a case, advice is initially available for free with no pressure to proceed.
Should you decide to pursue a birth injury claim, you can do so on a no-win, no fee basis – so there is no risk to your personal finances.