Figures in the annual report of NHS Resolution, which handles litigation against the Health Service, show that parents made 232 claims against maternity units after newborns suffered cerebral palsy or brain damage in 2016/17. This is a 23% rise from the 188 reported a year earlier.
Peter Walsh who is the chief executive of the charity Action against Medical Accidents has commented that ‘More research needs to be done to understand what is leading the increase, but moving away from the cult-like fixation with so-called ‘normal birth’ is a step in the right direction’
‘It is likely that this and also staffing issues has led to delays in intervention to protect babies and their mothers.’
‘No mother should be made to feel abnormal because an intervention is needed, and patient safety should always be the first concern.’
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