Birth

16 March 2020

Report reveals secrecy and fear in maternity unit in a Devon hospital

We heard from the BBC news today that a report that they had finally gained access to, revealed a lack of trust and low staff morale contributing to a series of problems in maternity care at North Devon Health Care NHS Trust between 2013 and 2018.  

Kate Rohde

23 January 2020

What has happened at East Kent NHS Foundation Trust? Stillbirths and making each baby count

The Trust (which the Care Quality Commission rates as “Requiring Improvement”) manages five different hospitals.  The BBC article startlingly sets out that from as long ago as 2015 the  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists were reviewing  maternity care, amid "concerns over the working culture". 

Punam Sood

12 December 2019

What happens when medical treatment hurts a bit more than it should?

I have just finished reading Adam Kay’s brilliant memoir “This is Going to Hurt”.  Adam was a junior doctor who specialised on obstetrics, and his book is very funny, and very moving.  He talks about the physical and emotional exhaustion, and the terrible responsibility of knowing that although obstetrics is mostly about safe outcomes for both mum and baby, there will inevitably be some cases that result in catastrophe such as maternal death, or children with cerebral palsy.

Terrence Donovan

3 December 2019

Unequal healthcare for patients with learning disabilities

BBC News recently featured a video highlighting one family’s struggle to ensure that the avoidable death of their loved one, Paul Ridd, never happens again. Paul Ridd’s death in 2009 at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital was found by an inquest to have been contributed to by the hospital’s neglect.

Eleanor Lynch

20 November 2019

Genetic testing and pregnancy

The Times yesterday reported on a clinical negligence claim, currently being heard in the High Court, in which a central issue relates to whether or not there is an obligation to tell a pregnant patient that a relative has been diagnosed with a genetic disorder.

Suzanne Farg

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