There are still way too many of these cases, as the figures bear out. It is surely time that safety is improved for mums and their babies.
Hundreds of babies are left brain-damaged each year because the NHS does not learn from its failures, say lawyers. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) said the number of compensation claims for cerebral palsy and brain damage sustained at birth has barely changed since 2006/07. Obstetrics claims account for 41 per cent of the value of compensation claims for medical negligence against the NHS*. “This is a prime example of how the cash-strapped NHS can reduce not only an immeasurable amount of pain and suffering but also its own considerable costs by learning from its failures,” said APIL president Jonathan Wheeler.