When the expected joy of a new arrival turns to tragedy, important lessons must be learnt.
That’s the verdict of a new review, which has found there are too many poor quality investigations into babies who die or are severely brain damaged during labour.
The warning by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists comes as it publishes its preliminary report into how problems during labour are investigated.
The report says all investigations should be robust, comprehensive and led by multi-disciplinary teams, including external experts and parents.
But of the investigations reviewed, 27% were found to be of poor quality.
Significantly, nearly three-quarters of the reviewed cases did not involve parents in any meaningful way.
Health Minister and Ipswich MP Ben Gummer described the findings as “unacceptable” – and he’s right to do so.
Because for any parent coming to terms with losing a new-born – or the realisation that their infant has been left with a disability – the ordeal is exacerbated further by the failure of a hospital trust to explain what has happened, to review the causes and to offer reassurance that lessons have been learned.
The apparent inability in a large proportion of cases to adhere to these basic yet essential principles must now be tackled as a priority.
How can our Medical Negligence Lawyers help?
Parents who have been failed by the system deserve the right to seek damages. By making a claim, they could receive the necessary financial help to deal with the consequences of an error, as well as providing closure and helping to ensure the same mistake isn’t repeated.
Gotelee has a wealth of experience in dealing with cases of medical negligence involving new-born babies. Our team of specialist lawyers are experts in ensuring that our clients receive the right compensation.
We can help you along every step of the process and pride ourselves on offering a compassionate and sensitive service.
To find out how we can help you, contact Tim Humpage from the Medical Negligence Team on 01473 298122.