Although the UK is one of the safest places in the world to give birth, it could still be safer according to the NHS maternity scandal: Inside a crisis panel discussion.
Independent investigators will look into five ‘serious incidents’ that occurred at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust. One of which concerns a child ‘born in poor condition’ following a forceps delivery and another concerns a mother who experienced a post-partum haemorrhage. This investigation follows a wider review of the trust’s maternity units after a report found that dozens of babies had died or been injured due to poor care.
Since 2018, there have been 34 maternity investigations in Nottingham following adverse incidents, BBC News learned. In total, NUH said that 16 maternity-related serious incidents were declared over two months, six of which were historic cases. Now, serious incidents are being declared retrospectively in order to make sure that they have all been categorised correctly.
The Care Quality Commission rated the NUH maternity services ‘inadequate’ in May 2021 and has declared that more than two-fifths of maternity units in the NHS need to improve safety. Also, in July 2021, Channel 4 News’ and the Independent’s investigation revealed that NUH has paid out more than £91m in damages and costs following failings in maternity care.
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