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'Concerning' birth care variations in England

A review of over half a million births in hospitals in England has been met with concerns over the variations in levels in care by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). The review of data from 2013 to 2014, which excluded non-standard deliveries, showed that between maternity units there was a 'substantial variation' in practice, suggesting that not all... […]

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‘Safety is compromised’ as more maternity units close doors

The midwives union have warned that maternity units across the UK are becoming increasingly unavailable to patients as the NHS is coming under more scrutiny. Research by The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) found in the past twelve months, over 40% of specialist units have closed down temporarily. The major contributing factor responsible for this statistic was the shortage of midwives... […]

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Record payouts for NHS Birth Injury claims

The NHS faced an unprecedented level of new clinical negligence claims last year with £1.2bn paid out in settlements for cases. Maternity claims formed the third highest number of all negligence claims reported, and the highest in value according to a report by the NHS LA. A Treasury report* *states that the government provision for clinical negligence claims against the NHS... […]

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£5m compensation recovered

Neil Heavisides has successfully pursued a Hospital Negligence[/clinical-negligence/hospital-negligence/] claim for a little girl (J) who was born by caesarean section at the Hope Hospital in Salford.  J’s mother was a week past her due date when she was admitted to the hospital for induction of labour. Syntocinon (a drug used to speed up labour) was started through infusion. Later, the rate... […]

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