As per a study taken out by the NHSLA, which is responsible for legal actions to be taken against hospitals for medical negligence, has asked the NGS to take measures to improve its maternity services.
It has been found that the NHS has paid £3.1bn in the form of damages in last 10 years for causing injuries to mother and babies. In total, 5,087 births in England that took place between 2000 and 2010 were being assessed by the NHSLA.
After assessing them, the officials reached at a conclusion that it is high time now that services at maternity wards should be improved. While revealing about mistakes that have led the NHS to cause mistakes, it was being found that junior doctors and midwives, who do not have much experience were being involved during labour procedures.
Moreover, permission was not being taken from senior clinicians to do the same. David Richmond from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) affirmed, "The NHSLA report is staggering in its stark facts and the reality of the enormous costs of maternity litigation. Hidden behind the financial burden are countless stories of tragedy". He warned that it is final wake up call for the NHS.
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