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A joint report published this month by baby loss charities, Sands and Tommy’s, suggests that babies are dying needlessly due to overstretched maternity services, failures to adhere to national safety standards, and persistent social and racial inequalities. Maternity services across the NHS in England have been firmly under the spotlight as a result of the […]

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (“UHDB”) have recently engaged with a maternity learning review. The results of the review have been released today. In a 74-page report prepared by the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch (“HSIB”) they have made a number of safety recommendations together with noting delays in care, staff shortages […]

The spotlight has been firmly placed on maternity services across the NHS further to the outcome of the Ockenden Report into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust released in 2022. This report alerted hospitals to a number of areas of maternity care as to which urgent improvement was required in the […]

It has now been confirmed that more than 1,000 families’ cases are being considered as part of the review into the Nottingham Maternity Services. It is widely known that Donna Ockenden previously uncovered 200 avoidable baby deaths within the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, however the cases in Nottingham are looking to be in excess […]

News has broken that Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will face criminal prosecution following the sad death of baby Wynter Andrews, just 23 minutes after she was born in September 2019. The Nottingham County Coroner found that Wynter’s death was a “clear and obvious case of neglect” and that “gross failings” had occurred. It was […]

Families involved in the review of Nottingham’s maternity services are unhappy about the appointment of their newly announced leader, Julie Dent, and call for her to reject the appointment. The appointment has come about without any prior consultation with the families involved, which has left them “feeling severely let down, confused and further traumatised.” Those […]

Further to the concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors earlier in the year, who found the Nottingham University Hospital’s maternity services to be inadequate, the Health and Social Care Committee have released a report outlining the steps which must be taken to improve these services across England. Our Freeths clinical negligence team […]

Join Tom Draper and Lee Williams from the Freeths Employment Team, for their next HR Matters webinar via Zoom. In this instalment, the team will be looking in detail at the rights afforded to employees during pregnancy and maternity leave and giving practical advice on how employers can avoid the common pitfalls in this area. […]

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