Migrant women who have miscarriages ‘wrongly charged £7,000 for antenatal care’ – The Independent

Posted September 16th, 2019 in asylum, birth, hospitals, immigration, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘Migrant women who have miscarriages are being wrongly charged £7,000 for antenatal care despite never going into labour, doctors and campaigners have warned. Rules specify overseas women who are expecting a baby must be charged for NHS care – with charges starting at around £7,000 but potentially doubling if there are complications with the pregnancy.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2019

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Giving birth and the Court of Protection – Transparency Project

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in birth, consent, Court of Protection, health, learning difficulties, news, pregnancy by sally

‘Every year, there are a handful of applications to the Court of Protection to authorise delivery a baby by caesarean section against the wishes of the mother, or where the mother is unable to express a preference due to significant mental impairment. Since the case of FG in 2014 (NHS Trust & Ors v FG [2014] EWCOP 30), the guidance given to medical practitioners has been that a court application is required where a c-section is proposed but the merits are finely balanced or will involve more than transient forcible restraint; where there is a serious dispute about the patient’s best interests; or where there is a real risk that the proposed treatment constitutes a deprivation of the patient’s liberty.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd September 2019

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‘With great power comes great responsibility’ – contributory negligence post-Montgomery – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in birth, contribution, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘Regardless of whether one attributes this famous quote to Voltaire or Spider-Man, the sentiment is the same. Power and responsibility should be in equilibrium. More power than responsibility leads to decision-making with little concern for the consequences and more responsibility than power leads to excessive caution. This article argues that there is now a disequilibrium in the NHS, which is the root cause for defensive medical practice and the growing NHS litigation bill.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st August 2019

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Mother sues NHS for £200,000 claiming hospital failed to inform her of son’s Down’s Syndrome diagnosis – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2019 in birth, hospitals, news, pregnancy by sally

‘Hospital notes show that a mother shouldn’t receive £200,000 in damages from the NHS for having child with Down’s Syndrome because she declined to have him tested before he was born, a court heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2019

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Registration of a birth: Re T (A child) – Law & Religion UK

Posted July 9th, 2019 in birth, children, news, parental responsibility, registrars, time limits by sally

‘Legislation associated with the naming of children is a recurring theme; our first post was in 2014 and most recently, last September. In contrast to considerations of what names are, and are not, acceptable in law, the judgment Re T (A child) [2019] EWHC 1572 (Fam) concerned a child who had been given a name and surname, but whose father had “strenuously resisted” its formal registration, “notwithstanding that a failure to do so is, in a variety of practical ways, likely to serve as an impediment to the promotion of T’s welfare as well as to have an adverse impact on F’s own legal status”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th July 2019

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CA recognises importance of solicitors’ cash flow in med neg cases – Litigation Futures

Posted July 5th, 2019 in birth, costs, negligence, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has recognised the cash flow pressures of funding complex litigation in rejecting an application to appeal a ruling granting a law firm an interim costs payment.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd July 2019

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Hundreds more cases in Shropshire baby deaths review – BBC News

Posted June 25th, 2019 in birth, children, hospitals, midwives, news, reports by sally

‘The number of cases uncovered by a maternity review at hospitals in Shropshire has more than doubled.’

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BBC News, 24th June 2019

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Man who refused to register son’s birth loses high court case – The Guardian

‘A man who refused to register his son’s birth because he says he does not want him to be controlled by the state has lost a high court case.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2019

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CMC censured over ‘all birth injuries caused by negligence’ claim – Litigation Futures

‘The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against a claims management company whose advertising implied that birth injuries were only caused by medical negligence.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st May 2019

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NHS maternity services in special measures at two Welsh hospitals – The Guardian

‘Maternity services at two NHS hospitals in south Wales have been put into special measures after a report found a series of failings that may have put the lives of women and babies at risk.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2019

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Baby dies after pregnant Merthyr Tydfil woman ‘sent home’ – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2019 in birth, children, hospitals, inquests, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘A pregnant woman whose baby died was told she was not in labour and was sent home from hospital with painkillers and laxatives, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 4th Apil 2019

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No anonymity for woman suing NHS for £6m – Litigation Futures

Posted March 28th, 2019 in anonymity, birth, hospitals, news, psychiatric damage by sally

‘A woman suing a hospital trust for over £6m following the stillbirth of her first child cannot benefit from anonymity, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th March 2019

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Coroners could investigate stillbirths, say ministers – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2019 in birth, children, coroners, inquests, news by sally

‘Coroners in England and Wales may be given new powers to investigate stillbirths, so that each baby death is independently assessed.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2019

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Damages for wrongful life refused – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 11th, 2019 in assisted reproduction, birth, contracts, damages, negligence, news, wrongful birth by sally

‘Legal policy in the UK has traditionally prohibited the granting of damages for the wrongful conception or birth of a child in cases of negligence. In this case the Court of Appeal has confirmed that this bar is equally applicable to a wrongful birth arising from a breach of contract.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th January 2019

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Girl starved of oxygen at birth gets £22m compensation from hospital – BBC News

Posted December 13th, 2018 in birth, children, compensation, disabled persons, families, hospitals, negligence, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘A girl starved of oxygen during birth who needs 24-hour care has been awarded compensation totalling £22m.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2018

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Ep. 56: Psychiatric harm and childbirth – Law Pod UK

Posted December 6th, 2018 in birth, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage by sally

‘Emma-Louise Fenelon talks with 1 Crown Office Row’s Suzanne Lambert about a recent High Court decision – YAH v Medway NHS Foundation Trust which addressed the issue of claims brought as a result of psychiatric harm arising out of childbirth.’

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Law Pod UK, 3rd December 2018

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The limits of doctors’ liability for wrongful birth – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Khan v MNX [2017] EWHC 2990 (QB). The Court of Appeal has held that a mother who consults a doctor in order to avoid the birth of a child with one disability may not recover damages for the costs associated with a different disability.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th November 2018

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Baby death review into scandal-hit NHS trust widens to 215 cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2018 in birth, children, hospitals, news, standards by sally

‘A scandal-hit NHS trust where dozens of deaths are being investigated in order to protect mothers and babies has seen the number of cases of alleged poor care more than double to 215.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2018

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Ep. 49: The Importance of Informed Consent in Clinical Negligence – Law Pod UK

Posted November 13th, 2018 in birth, consent, health, human rights, negligence, news, pregnancy, women by sally

‘Emma-Louise Fenelon talks with Suzanne White, the head of clinical negligence at Leigh Day Solicitors, about recent developments with regards to women’s rights in healthcare and informed consent in the context of childbirth.’

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Law Pod UK, 12th November 2018

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Shropshire baby deaths hospital trust in special measures – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2018 in birth, children, hospitals, news, standards by tracey

‘A hospital trust being investigated over baby deaths and subject to repeated warnings over patient safety across two sites has been put into special measures.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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