Each Baby Counts: Update

“Each Baby Counts” is the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist’s (“RCOG”) national quality improvement programme to reduce the number of babies who die (stillbirth or neonatal death) or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during labour (see earlier blog and https://www.rcog.org.uk/eachbabycounts for more information). The salient points from the report Read More …

Campaign for Safer Births

I recently came across “Campaign for Safer Births” an organisation set up by two mothers in memory of their sons, Louie and Harry, both of whom died as a result of negligence during labour. The Campaign’s mission is to improve NHS Maternity Services in order to reduce the avoidable deaths and injuries of babies and Read More …

Breaking the Stillbirth Taboo: Every Little Helps

Following BBC Panorama’s documentary, “Born Asleep”, it is fantastic to see that stillbirth and neonatal death has been given so much well-deserved media attention, especially during October, International Baby Loss Awareness Month. Professor Kypros Nicolaides told Panorama that more than half of all stillbirths (there are approximately 3,500 each year) could be prevented. He claims Read More …

Each Baby Counts: RCOG Initiative

not accept that all of these are unavoidable tragedies and has committed to halvin Following on from last month’s Panorama, “Born Asleep”, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have launched a new five-year initiative, “Each Baby Counts”, to help reduce the UK’s stillbirth rates. They aim to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths Read More …

DOCTORS FAILURE TO IDENTIFY BLOOD CLOTS COSTS THE NHS MILLIONS

The Daily Telegraph has recently reported that data published by the NHS Litigation Authority, revealed that the NHS have paid £112 million in compensation over the past five years after doctors failed to identify blood clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis). It has been reported that there is a failure on the part of staff to either Read More …

THE ELDERLY LET DOWN BY THE NHS

A Health Service Ombudsman report has recently concluded that the NHS is failing to treat elderly patients with care, dignity and respect. The Ombudsman, who deal with serious complaints made against the NHS, carried out 10 investigations. Their report states that all the 10 patients over the age of 65 suffered unnecessary pain, neglect and Read More …

Too Many Women Neglected During Labour

The Daily Telegraph recently reported that more than one in five women are being left alone during labour and birth. This puts both mother and baby at high risk. The National Childbirth Trust’s poll of more than 1,200 first time mothers revealed that 42 per cent of mothers said that there were not enough midwifes Read More …

Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Surgery: Negligence

The Clinical Negligence team at Gregory Abrams Davidson represent many clients who have suffered harm having undergone laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Keyhole surgery is increasingly common. The main advantage of this form of surgery is that recovery is relatively quick involving shorter hospital stays. However, as with all surgery, there are certain recognised risks associated with Read More …