Maternity Negligence Scandals in the NHS: 20 Years of Claims

A dangerous time for both mother and child, in the past childbirth could cause as much anxiety as it did celebration. When the NHS was founded, there was close to a 1-in-25 chance a baby would be stillborn or die within the first week after birth. That figure has improved remarkably, and the risk of
The Most Common Serious Safety Errors in NHS Hospital Wards Over a 10 Year Period

The study by Alexandra Urquhart et al aimed to learn from and understand the most frequent patient safety incidences involving acutely sick adults that have resulted in severe harm or death. The study reviewed 370 instances of either death or severe harm in NHS hospitals in a 10-year period (2005–2015) based on acute medical assessment
Horrific Ordeal as Mum Has Womb ‘Needlessly’ Removed After Her Cervical Cancer was Misdiagnosed

In 2013 when Nikita Nicholls was 26, she was invited for a cervical smear test that returned negative results. However in the months that followed, her health and quality of life deteriorated as she struggled with unusual bleeding, abdominal pain, and depression. Unknowingly, Nikita had cervical cancer which was not diagnosed due to a catalogue
Essure Compensation Claims

Thousands of women from around the world are coming forward to claim compensation following severe complications resulting from the Essure birth control implant. Many of these women have or may require further complex surgery or treatment in order to remove the device. In the UK it is estimated that 100,000 women have been fitted with
UK Cancer Patients More Likely to Die Following COVID-19 than European Patients

Research evidence is showing that the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened outcomes for cancer patients. The impact of the pandemic has been enormous and has touched on every part of normal life. It might, indeed, be expected that Covid-19, directly and indirectly, would have a negative impact on outcomes for other illnesses. However, some research has
Should Doctors be Immune from Medical Negligence Claims While Fighting COVID-19?

The COVID-19 virus is one of the most serious healthcare issues in the history of the NHS. Medical professionals have been required to manage a number of complex issues and situations. This includes performing procedures outside their expertise, delays in screening/treatment of non-coronavirus illnesses, ethical dilemmas, and legal concerns surrounding negligence claims.   With the
“Numerous Mistakes” by NHS Trust Lead to Baby’s Death During Breech Birth

Frimley Park Hospital, Portsmouth admitted mistakes in failing to recognise a breech birth or to act appropriately once noted, leading to the death of baby Theo Ellis from oxygen starvation in April 2019. This comes at a time when East Kent Hospitals University Trust and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust are under scrutiny over similarly
Amputation Negligence Claims Against the NHS Increase by 75% Within a Decade: FOI Investigation Reveals

Drawing on figures obtained via Freedom of Information requests from NHS Resolution (a government body responsible for managing medical claims against NHS Trusts), 122 amputation negligence claims were settled in 2018/2019. This was the highest annual figure recorded in a decade—representing a 75% increase from 70 negligence claim settlements in the 2009/2010 period. Number of
A&E Delays: New NHS England Initiative Set to Reduce Waiting Times

It has recently been announced that NHS England plans to remove the four-hour waiting time target for A&E patients, in an effort to reduce time spent in emergency departments. Since its introduction in 2004, the four-hour target, which requires 95 per cent of A&E patients to be seen within the set time frame, will be replaced
Rise in Cases of Impacted Fetal Head Injuries During Childbirth

Despite modern advances in medicine, childbirth can still be dangerous for both mother and child. One particular risk is that of an impacted fetal head injury. An impacted fetal head generally occurs in an emergency caesarean section attempted during the second stage of labour. In this second stage, the mother’s cervix has already opened to

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