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In September, our medical negligence solicitors discussed the report by the Care Quality Commission raising concerns on maternity care in England. The government has now responded to this report, and offered a direct response to each recommendation in the CQC report. 

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In September, our medical negligence solicitors discussed the report by the Care Quality Commission raising concerns on maternity care in England. The government has now responded to this report, and offered a direct response to each recommendation in the CQC report. 
 
The report, titled ‘Safety, equity and engagement in maternity services’ raised a number of concerns in maternity services, including a number of worries over teamwork and problems with the reporting of incidents in maternity services. Within the report, the CQC proposed a number of predicted actions to be taken, including an increase in support for at-risk pregnant women. Below, our medical negligence solicitors discuss the recommendations in the CQC maternity report and the government’s response. 

CQC recommendations in ‘Safety, equity and engagement in maternity services’: 

an increase in budget for maternity services by £200-£350 million a year 
for the government to work alongside Health Education England to ensure that proper 
obstetrics training and anaesthetic staff 
ensure some of the maternity budget is allocated to training 
produce and put in place updated safety training targets 
 
These are just some of the many recommendations made in the report, which can be seen discussed in further detail by our medical negligence solicitors here. 

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Government response to CQC report on maternity services: 

In regard to the increased budget recommendation, the government is unfortunately only considering this recommendation. They highlighted the £95.6 million investment that was made by NHSEI this year, and has claimed that they will use this to recruit 1,200 midwives and 100 consultant obstetricians. Our medical negligence solicitors hope that the government will take this recommendation seriously, with funding being the only way to properly address the growing staff shortages in the sector. 
 
However, our medical negligence solicitors are happy to say that the government has openly accepted the CQC’s recommendation to improve obstetrics training. The descriptions of the actions to be taken are slightly vague, with the government stating that they are ‘working with partners to ensure that the number of training posts in O&G and anaesthetics…is in line with national requirements'. Still, our medical negligence solicitors hope that the government will properly dedicate the time and energy needed to provide adequate training. 
 
When it comes to committing budgets to training in maternity units, the government has partially accepted this recommendation. They discussed a Core Competency Framework to address ‘variation in training’. They also vowed to work alongside the HEE to make it a requirement for more specialist training to be developed. 
 
Our medical negligence solicitors are glad to announce that the government has accepted the CQC’s recommendation for stricter safety training targets. As part of this, a national Registry of Recommendations is being produced which will help determine newly identify training needs going forwards. 

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What type of medical negligence can lead to a childbirth negligence claim: 

Birth Monitoring negligence- where checks are not properly carried out, meaning unnecessary damage and in some cases life-changing injuries occur. 
 
Health screening mistakes– babies can be screened for conditions such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, heart or brain defects and other developmental abnormalities, providing parents with the option to terminate their pregnancy.  Midwifery and Obstetrics negligence– including induced labour, improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery and incorrect suturing. 
 
Errors by anaesthetists- whether by administering too much or too little anaesthetic or by injecting the anaesthetic incorrectly, resulting in birth injury claims. 
 
Poor surgical practice- such as injuring other organs during C-Sections, failing to monitor potential tears and fistulas and also failing to properly treat these afterwards. 
 
Poor aftercare- such as failing to utilise incubators or other equipment, poor infection control, turning or positional monitoring, leading to birth injury claims. 
 
Maternal infection- Maternal infection is an infection acquired by the mother who then transmits the infection to the foetus. This transmission can occur via the placenta before delivery or via the birth canal during labour and delivery when the baby is exposed to maternal blood. 
 
Hypoxia- is a condition of the body in which the tissues are starved of oxygen. Abruption of the placenta occurs when the placenta partly or completely separates from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery, decreasing the baby's supply of oxygen and nutrients and causing heavy bleeding inside the mother. 
 
Delay in delivery - A delayed birth occurs when circumstances prevent an infant from being delivered during the normal time frame. Most times, if immediate medical intervention is provided, the infant may only suffer minor conditions and will go on to heal without problems. 
 
Stillbirth - Common causes include infections, birth defects and pregnancy complications, like preeclampsia. 1 for every 45 births results in a baby being Stillborn. Typically defined as a fetal death at or after 20 or 28 weeks of pregnancy, depending on the source. It results in a baby born without signs of life. 

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We understand that this is an upsetting process to navigate, but we will work in whichever way suits you best, and always with the dedication to building your medical negligence claim to be as strong as possible, and achieving the maximum amount of compensation. Simply contact us online here, or email us at injury@mglegal.co.uk to speak to a specialist solicitor about your potential no win no fee medical negligence claim

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