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Boost for maternity care in England

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The government has announced a £2.45 million review of maternity care in England. The shake up aims to prevent brain injury and death in childbirth. This is welcome news after a recent report found that at least 46 babies have suffered brain damage and 19 have been still born at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The reforms will include a new safer staffing tool which aims to ensure that there are always enough doctors available when women and babies need them. It also aims to identify early warning signs of babies in distress, allowing time to deliver sooner and reduce the risk of injury. It will look at complications occurring during caesarean sections. 

Every brain injury leaves families devastated, with the brain injured child requiring lifelong treatment, care and therapy. If the brain injury was proven to be due to negligence, these claims usually cost the NHS millions for each settlement. The reforms are therefore much needed and will hopefully save the lives of thousands of babies each year.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the negligence of a medical or health professional then we may be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation. Our leading team of experts are on hand to offer advice, so please get in touch with us on 0161 696 6165 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.