Questions over future maternity investigations after HSIB allegations:
Posted on 9th February 2022
Our maternity negligence solicitors discuss the future of maternity investigaions after the shocking HSIB allegations.
In recent weeks, the findings of a review into bullying, sexism and racism within the Health and Safety Investigation Branch had been leaked to the public, with serious plans included in the report. Read on to learn more.
Review into the Health and Safety Investigation Branch:
The independent review into the HSIB was carried out by the King’s Fund after a number of damaging allegations into how the institution is run. After being leaked to the Sunday Times, our medical negligence solicitors can announce that it was revealed that the report contained Government plans to strip the HSIB of their power to investigate maternity safety incidents.
What is the HSIB?
Set up in 2014 as a response to an inquiry regarding patient safety incidents within the NHS, the HSIB is an independent body whose aim is to examine safety failures within the NHS in order to prevent them from occurring again.
Less than a year after beginning operations in 2017, the HSIB’s remit was retargeted to focus on individual safety concerns within maternity units within NHS Trusts due to a rising number of incidents. Since these investigations began, a huge number of families who have experienced stillbirth, maternal deaths, and severe brain injury in newborns have been given the justice they deserve sue to investigations by the HSIB into medical negligence.
What does the report mean for the HSIB?
Since the report has been leaked to the public, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has now outwardly confirmed that the HSIB will lose the responsibility that they currently have, and will no longer have any involvement in investigating maternity safety incidents. He has also announced plans to form a new body to continue the work that the HSIB do, which our medical negligence solicitors were glad to hear.
While a body working under the allegations of bullying, sexism and racism is not an acceptable environment for adequate investigation into patient safety incidents, our medical negligence solicitors know that it is important that a body or organisation is in place to carry out the important work of providing independent investigations for families who have suffered due to safety incidents in the NHS.
What to do after maternity negligence:
One of the best and most straight-forward ways to get the justice and compensation that you deserve after suffering from medical negligence during pregnancy or childbirth is to work with a specialist medical negligence solicitor to make a no win no fee claim against the hospital at fault. If you are looking for a friendly medical negligence solicitors to guide you through the difficult process of making a medical negligence claim for negligent care while pregnant or in childbirth, then look no further than MG Legal. Our team have over 30 years' experience, and act with care and sensitivity with all of our clients.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors understand that this is an upsetting time for you and your family, and we will always work with the dedication to building your medical negligence claim to be as strong as possible, and achieving the maximum amount of compensation, and the justice and apology that you deserve. Simply contact us online here, or email us at email@example.com to speak to a specialist solicitor about your potential no win no fee medical negligence claim.
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