“Brain dead” baby – Court of Appeal confirms High Court’s decision to allow “dignity in death” – Transparency Project

Posted February 25th, 2020 in appeals, birth, children, hospitals, medical treatment, news, reporting restrictions by sally

‘We reported earlier on the High Court’s decision to allow a hospital to withdraw mechanical ventilation from a baby, who had been starved of oxygen during his birth and had been declared “brain-stem dead” by doctors. Now the Court of Appeal have given their detailed reasons for refusing the parents’ application for permission to appeal.’

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Transparency Project, 23rd February 2020

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Pitfalls in Clinical Negligence Claims: A Case Study – Hailsham Chambers

‘On 18 December 2019, Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke, the Designated Civil Judge sitting at Oxford Combined Court, handed down judgment in Docherty v Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (Unreported, 25, 26 & 27 November 2019). This was a clinical negligence claim in which the Claimant made various allegations in respect of her immediate post-natal care which led to her sustaining a serious ankle injury when she fainted due to anaemia caused by blood lost during an instrumental delivery the previous morning.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 13th February 2020

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Removal of life support after brain stem death held lawful – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In two related judgments, Lieven J considered an application made by a Hospital Trust to withdraw treatment from a child receiving mechanical ventilation to keep him alive and an application for anonymity on behalf of his treating clinicians. The Trust succeeded in both. The decision has been upheld by the Court of Appeal.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th February 2020

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Judges rule that doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to brain-damaged baby – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2020 in appeals, birth, children, doctors, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A couple who want doctors to keep treating their brain-damaged baby son have lost a Court of Appeal fight.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2020

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Review launched into East Kent NHS trust after baby deaths – The Guardian

‘The government has announced an independent review into maternity services at an NHS trust where a number of babies have died.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2020

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Sanderson v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation [2020] EWHC 20 (QB) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted February 6th, 2020 in birth, causation, hospitals, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Claimant suffered from moderately severe cerebral palsy resulting from a short period acute brain hypoxia in the minutes preceding her delivery in February 2002.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 27th January 2020

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“Brain dead” baby – how the court decides doctors can withdraw life support – Transparency Project

Posted February 3rd, 2020 in anonymity, birth, children, doctors, families, hospitals, Islam, medical treatment, news by sally

‘In a recent case the court had to consider whether to allow a hospital to withdraw mechanical ventilation from a baby, who had been starved of oxygen during his birth and had been declared brain-stem dead by doctors, despite the objections of the baby’s parents. Such cases are always agonising for all those involved and are approached with “anxious scrutiny” by the court. Often, as in this case, there is a clash between the science espoused by the medical profession and the feelings of the parents, guided by their religious beliefs.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd February 2020

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Sanderson v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation [2020] EWHC 20 (QB). – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted January 28th, 2020 in birth, causation, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Claimant suffered from moderately severe cerebral palsy resulting from a short period acute brain hypoxia in the minutes preceding her delivery in February 2002.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 27th January 2020

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East Kent hospitals: Care watchdog inspects trust after baby death apology – BBC News

‘England’s care watchdog has carried out a no-notice inspection of an NHS trust at the centre of concerns over the possible preventable deaths of babies.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2020

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East Kent hospitals: Baby deaths ‘could have been prevented’ – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in birth, hospitals, inquests, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘At least seven preventable baby deaths may have occurred at one of the largest groups of hospitals in England since 2016, a BBC investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2020

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NHS maternity scandal: Inquiry into baby deaths now looking at 900 cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2020 in birth, hospitals, inquiries, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The inquiry into Britain’s worst maternity scandal is now reviewing 900 cases, a health minister has confirmed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2020

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What would ‘mother’ say? A legal digest of R v Registrar General for England and Wales – KCH Garden Sq

‘The latest article from Family & Civil pupil Samuel Peake looks at how the term ‘mother’ was defined for the first time in common law earlier this year by the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane.’

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KCH Garden Sq, 12th December 2019

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Family’s legal fight against hospital over brain injury baby – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2019 in birth, children, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The father of a brain-damaged baby boy has urged a hospital not to “rush” a decision to end his life support.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2019

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Guidelines for judges to divert newborns from care proceedings – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2019 in birth, care orders, judiciary, local government, news, pregnancy, reports by tracey

‘Newborns could be diverted from care proceedings if more time is given to pre-birth assessments where there are safeguarding concerns, according to a review published today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th December 2019

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‘Disgraceful’: Furious families confront NHS trust bosses over maternity scandal as it emerges true extent may never be known – The Independent

‘The full extent of failings by the hospital trust at the centre of the largest NHS maternity scandal may never be known, it has emerged. The chair of the independent investigation into Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has warned that some records going back more than two decades may have been destroyed under NHS rules.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2019

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‘Hundreds more cases’ in Shropshire maternity scandal – BBC News

‘More than 200 new families have contacted an inquiry into mother and baby deaths at a hospital trust in Shropshire.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2019

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Shrewsbury maternity scandal: Hundreds of families whose babies died or have been left with brain damage in hospital to be contacted by trust – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2019 in birth, families, hospitals, midwives, news, pregnancy, reports by tracey

‘Hundreds of families whose babies died or have been left with brain damage after maternity care treatment at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust are now being informed they are part of a major investigation into the largest scandal of its type ever to hit the NHS, following a report by The Independent.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2019

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Doctors may face suspension over NHS ‘worst maternity scandal’ – The Guardian

‘Doctors who saw but did not report babies and mothers receiving poor care during the NHS’s worst maternity scandal could be suspended or struck off, the General Medical Council has warned. The medical profession’s regulator has asked NHS bosses for details of any doctor they believe may have ignored their professional duty to raise the alarm about threats to patient safety at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS hospital trust (SaTH).’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2019

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Independent report into NMC’s handling of Morecambe Bay cases finds significant failings – 2 Hare Court

Posted November 20th, 2019 in birth, disciplinary procedures, hospitals, midwives, news, reports by sally

‘The Morecambe Bay Investigation (the Kirkup Report) was an inquiry into the deaths of mothers and babies at Furness General Hospital midwifery unit between 2004 and 2012. It found ten stillbirths, six neonatal deaths, and three maternal deaths were part of a pattern of failures in care at every level within the unit. There was an inability to confront the endemic poor practice that linked the incidents, and a defensive approach amongst the midwifery team. This pattern of failures was not identified or acted on for several years.’

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2 Hare Court, 15th November 2019

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Judicial review challenge on health inequalities caused by NHS Charging Scheme for migrant women and their children – Garden Court Chambers

‘Judicial review proceedings have been launched on behalf of Maternity Action, a leading maternity rights charity, challenging the Secretary of State for Health’s NHS Charging Regime. The disproportionate effect of charging is most stark amongst destitute pregnant women, new mothers, survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and Female Genital Mutilation and destitute migrant families supported by local authorities, who are overwhelmingly women.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 15th October 2019

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