Hunt urges NHS to learn from its mistakes

4th December 2017

Hunt urges NHS to learn from its mistakes

This week the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, MP indicated that the NHS in England must put in place measures to cut the number of baby deaths and injuries occurring in childbirth in UK hospitals.

Mr Hunt has unveiled new plans which he hopes will help the NHS learn from its mistakes in order to cut the rate of stillbirths, deaths and brain injuries in half by the year 2025.

As part of these plans, the Secretary of State conceded that staffing levels in maternity services will have to increase to provide the support necessary to patients and this critical time.

“The birth of a child is a time of hope and excitement for families, but when things do not go to plan the impact can be devastating,” explains Jenny Shone a specialist solicitor working with families who have been affected by these issues.

“The distress of losing a child or where a child receives a life-changing brain injury can be exacerbated when there appears to be no transparency in the resulting enquiries and families struggle to obtain the answers that may help them come to terms with their loss.”

Mr Hunt has said that he hopes that the moves being proposed will give parents swifter answers to their concerns and that any learning will be shared across the NHS in order to improve outcomes for all.

Jenny Shone, believes that the moves being put forward by the Health Secretary would help parents struggling to cope with such a devastating loss.

“It is clear that staffing levels as they stand are concerning and that this is impacting on the level of care currently provided for many, something of which we are acutely aware from the work we undertake here at Higgs & Sons.

“We endeavour to assist clients through the complexity of distressing investigations to try and obtain a better explanation of what went wrong and where appropriate to obtain funding to help manage the long term care of much loved and longed for child.”

If you or a family member has been affected by any of the issues highlighted in this article please contact Jenny Shone or one of our specialist solicitors on 0345 111 5050.


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