The Care Quality Commission have downgraded Nottingham Maternity Services to “inadequate” following an unannounced inspection at the Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital. The inspection concluded that some staff “did not always understand how to keep women and babies safe“. Many of the problems arose due to staffing shortages or lack of training. The Hospital Trust have subsequently confirmed that they are recruiting extra midwives.
Our Clinical negligence lawyers were sadly not surprised to read these findings. We deal with many cases involving mothers and babies suffering serious injuries or losing their lives following failings in maternity care in our local hospitals. This is devastating not just for the families but also for the staff involved.
There is a national “Early Notification Scheme” in place which requires hospitals to notify families if there has been a serious incident involving a birth injury. We will be reporting on this scheme in our future news and explain why some children with cerebral palsy and other serious conditions might be entitled to compensation. In the meantime, please urge the Government to properly fund healthcare to safeguard mothers and their babies.