This initiative should just be the start. A culture change is also required on the part of NHS legal representatives. Often even independent reviews do not reveal the whole truth so further investigation is often required. Furthermore, NHS legal representatives often still deny any fault in the face of findings of fault in an independent report and defend cases that they should settle, thus prolonging the agony of already traumatised families.
The NHS in England must do better at learning from mistakes to cut the number of baby deaths and injuries in childbirth, the health secretary says. There are an estimated 1,000 cases a year where babies unexpectedly die or are left with severe brain injury. That is out of nearly 700,000 births, which, Mr Hunt said, showed the NHS provided safe care for most. But, he added, all unexplained cases of serious harm or death would now be independently investigated. The Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch, set up earlier this year, will be tasked with reviewing cases. The £97m bill for 'midwife shortage' Number of UK nurses and midwives falling