Birth

21 December 2017

Mistake in every 5 births

The publicity surrounding the alarming statistic that in one in every 5 births there are lapses that lead to mistakes is scary.  Jeremy Hunt’s desire to make it his “top priority” to tackle these incidents is a step in the right direction because any mistake in maternity care can have devastating consequences.  

Kate Rohde

6 December 2017

Failure to advise a potential carrier of a hereditary condition: what can be claimed when a disabled child is born as a result?

The recent High Court case of Meadows v Khan has considered under what circumstances a claim can be brought for the failure to identify that someone is potentially a carrier of a hereditary condition and that person goes on to have a child who suffers from the hereditary condition and other disabilities.

Suzanne Farg

11 October 2017

Vaginal mesh implants: Parliament set to debate the use of controversial vaginal mesh implants

News broke this week that hundreds of women were suing the NHS and the manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants after facing serious health complications. Women have been left unable to walk, work or have sex as a result of the treatment, with many sufferers claiming they were never informed of the potential dangers before having the mesh fitted. 

Maeve Keenan

12 September 2017

Is a mother giving birth a primary or secondary victim?

RE v Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: [2017] EWHC 824 (QB)

Kate Rohde

7 July 2017

#IamSuperHuman – Fighting the stigma of “Disability”

I hate the word “disabled”. Just take a moment and really think about what this word means. I bet you would associate it with words such as “unable”, “weak” and “incapable”. It has such a negative meaning and as a society, we use this as a label. However, imagine if we were to change this label to something positive. For example, instead of “disabled”, let’s use “Super Human”. I bet you now think of words such as “strong”, “exceptional” and “heroic”. Disabled people are all these characteristics and much more, and here’s why…..

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