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Statistics show birth injury increased by a QUARTER in the last year.

Recent figures have shown that that claims against the NHS in relation to injuries sustained at birth have increased by almost a quarter in the last year. In 2016/2017, 232 claims were made which is the highest figure for 11 years.

There has also been an increase in the total value of compensation received by Claimants for brain damage and cerebral palsy; the average figure being estimated at more than £8 million per child. NHS officials believe that this could rise to £20 million per child in the future due to recent changes in the law.

These figures were published just days after the Royal College of Midwives announced that they would be backing away from their stance that natural birth is better. 

 They denied that their campaign compromised the safety of women and their unborn children but admitted that it created the wrong impression that interventions during childbirth were abnormal. Their campaign has been criticised in the past as it found that midwives’ desire for normal births ‘at any cost’ had contributed to the unsafe deliveries.

Recent investigations have taken place at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust  which were prompted by the deaths of seven babies in a 20 month period between September 2014 and May 2016. A report from the Care Quality Commission which highlighted that the maternity services within the Trust required further improvement. However, following a recent inspection the Trust was noted to have made significant improvement.

We hope that a change in attitude and constant monitoring by regulatory authorities will result in safer births for both mothers and their unborn children. Our team at JMW Solicitors has experience in handling hundreds of cases each year, and as a team we hope the proposed midwifery changes will provide much safer experience.

If you have experienced a similar situation and would like a confidential discussion with our team please do not hesitate to contact us or you can read more about the team and our experience in birth injuries here

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