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Baby boy starved of oxygen during breech birth

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A tragic stillbirth at Frimley Park Hospital was recently reported in the News. Midwives failed to realise that baby Theo was in the breech position until his mother was already in advanced labour at the Hospital. In the weeks and days leading up to his...

Update: Investigation into Shropshire Baby Deaths - New Training for Maternity Staff

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On 11 December 2020 we wrote about the publication of an interim report concerning the independent review into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust . Patient Safety Minister, Nadine Dorries, has now announced a new...

Great Ormond Street Hospital errors led to a 5 year old boy's death

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Great Ormond Street Hospital (“GOSH”) have admitted mistakes causing the death of a 5 year old. The boy had a liver transplant in 2012 shortly after his birth because of cancer. He was under the care of GOSH (as an outpatient) and the...

Royal Free Hospital issued with warning following mother's death

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The Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) has issued a ‘warning notice’ the Royal Free Hospital in London because their inspectors identified serious safety failings with the NHS Trust’s maternity unit. An unannounced CQC...

Breaking News Update: Investigation Into Shropshire Baby Deaths And Injuries - Interim Report Published

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The first report of the independent review into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust was published on 10 December 2020. The report has rightly called for change across NHS Hospitals to prevent avoidable deaths and...

Maternity concerns following tragic stillbirth of baby boy

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The death of a baby boy at the Royal Lancaster Hospital, part of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, has triggered new concerns into maternity care at the Trust. The NHS Trust faced an independent investigation into its maternity and...

Family of cancer patient awarded over £100,000 in compensation

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BBC news recently reported on a six-figure medical negligence settlement following substandard maxillofacial surgery at Leicester Royal Infirmary . Similar operations at the Hospital were suspended for 2 years (between 2016 and 2018) after safety...

Maternity unit at Basildon University Hospital rated inadequate by CQC

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The Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) performed an unannounced inspection of maternity services at Basildon University Hospital in June 2020 after safety concerns were raised by a whistle-blower. CQC Inspectors found a cluster of six...

Update: Investigation into Shropshire baby deaths and injuries - investigation now totalling 1,862

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Since I first wrote about Donna Ockenden’s review into maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust on 24 July 2020 the total number of cases under investigation is now up to 1862. The independent review into maternity care at the...

Review finds worries dismissed as "women's problems"

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Have your concerns about medical treatment been dismissed by your doctor? In 2018 the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced a Safety Review into how the NHS responds to concerns from patients about harmful side effects from medicines and medical...

Police investigation launched into Shropshire baby deaths and injuries

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West Mercia Police have launched an investigation into whether there is evidence to support a criminal case against Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust following allegations of poor maternity care. The Trust is already subject to an independent inquiry, led by...

What are the early signs and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy in a baby?

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Cerebral Palsy can be difficult to spot, particularly in a very young or new-born baby. In many cases, the condition is not diagnosed until the child is a few years old because symptoms only start to appear as the child develops or misses developmental...

Cancer Waiting Times at 'Worst level ever'

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BBC Health reports that NHS cancer treatment times are at their worst ever level . Cancer Referral Report NHS patients should be seen by cancer doctors no more than 62 days after their GP first refers them but the...

Gosport Hospital Investigation Panel Identifies Catalogue of Failings

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An independent panel found more than 450 deaths occurred after patient’s were given powerful painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Why was the panel established? The panel investigating the hospital looked at...

NHS Fails to send breast screening invitations to 450,000 women

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BBC News have today reported that the Health Secretary Mr Jeremy Hunt has told the Commons that since 2009, the NHS has failed to send breast screening invitations to 450,000 aged 68-71 . Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not...

NHS Managerial Recruitment

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On 19 April 2018 the BBC reported that the NHS is recruiting managers faster than doctors and nurses . There was a 16% increase in managers compared to only an 8% increase in doctors. More people are using the NHS than ever before and the...

NHS Baby Care in Distress, again

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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, an organisation we should all take note of, recently reported the shocking statistic that three quarters of babies who die or are brain damaged during birth could have been saved. A link to read...

Childbirth - The Right to Choose

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Childbirth - The Right to Choose. In January 2017 a Coroner in Tunbridge Wells heavily criticised a local Hospital for pressurising Mrs Frances Cappuccini to try for a natural delivery rather than a planned elective caesarean section. This decision...

Fixed Recoverable Legal Costs in Medical Negligence

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Over the past few years a hot debate has been raging between the Government, the Department of Health and Medical Negligence Lawyers about the cost of pursuing medical negligence claims. The Department of Health, effectively the NHS, says that the...