Ella Kubicki, a paralegal in Shoosmiths Serious injury team, says:
“It is disappointing that, despite multiple reviews into the quality of care provided to mothers and babies, it would seem that a large cross-section of the population still does not have access to safe and well-equipped maternity services”.
Missed opportunity to learn from mistakes
Shoosmiths consistently acts for women who have experienced inadequate care in maternity units and sees the consequences on a regular basis. The damaging culture of pushing for ‘natural births’ was cited as a factor in the Ockenden report into poor care at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, but the key problem across the board appears to be a failure to learn from mistakes.
Chief among these avoidable and consistently repeated errors according to Shoosmiths’ Erica Burrows specialist clinical negligence Solicitor, is cases where CTG traces are misinterpreted along with issues such as poor record keeping and errors in risk management. This pattern of inadequate care suggests the quality of maternity services is a national crisis rather than the result of individual Trust incompetency.
Both Ella and Erica maintain that this evidence of inadequate care across England and Wales means that a nationwide inquiry, rather than the individual Trust investigations currently being carried out, into the standard of maternity provision is now necessary to ensure the safety of new mothers and babies, to prevent further avoidable harm.
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