Cause of baby deaths review ordered at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has been forced to pay out millions of pounds in compensation after a string of maternity errors led to babies being born with brain injuries. The health secretary has ordered an urgent review into the death of more than five babies.
It appears that failures in monitoring then analysing the CTG (Cardiotocography) traces are a contributory factor. Between September 2014 and May 2016 there have been at least seven avoidable baby deaths however, according to the BBC, CTG monitoring problems go back much further.
Dr Adam Gornall, an obstetrician at the trust, attended a networking event organised by the NHSLA in July 2015 which was aimed at safety improvements in maternity units in England. He highlighted the scale of the problems the trust faced in relation to foetal heart monitoring.
In May 15 the NHSLA gave the trust £183,000 to improve its CTG performance though seven months on, it was found CTG errors had contributed to the deaths of three more babies.
In the past 10 years it is reported that the NHSLA had paid compensation in the region of £25m for maternity errors including lack of oxygen getting to the baby’s brain and complications following the use of forceps during labour.
More than 1,400 mistakes are being reported by hospital based maternity personnel in England every week.
NEGLIGENCE CLAIMLINE SAYS:
Accounting for 25% of our enquiries, birth injuries is the leading reason for people contacting us and asking for help.
Many of those enquiring simply do not realise that, in cases of Cerebral Palsy for instance, if the injured person cannot manage their own financial affairs and require daily assistance with normal everyday tasks, they may be entitled to make a compensation claim for Cerebral Palsy regardless of their age.