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Compensation Awarded to Victims of Medical Negligence

A number of cases of compensation being awarded to patients who were the victims of medical negligence have been reported in the media recently.

One such case involved a teenage girl who has permanent nerve damage in her shoulder as a result of medical errors when she was born.

Courtney Webb was born at Liverpool Women’s Hospital in October 1999 but during labour her shoulders became stuck, reports the Liverpool Echo. At that point, a caesarean section would normally have been carried out, but medical staff instead decided to proceed with a natural birth.

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Morecambe Bay Investigation Report Published

The report of the investigation into maternity and neonatal services in Morecambe Bay has been published, and makes a number of far-reaching recommendations to prevent future unnecessary deaths.

The investigation was established by the Secretary of State for Health in September 2013 following concerns over serious incidents in the maternity department at Furness General Hospital (FGH).

Covering January 2004 to June 2013, the report concludes the maternity unit at FGH was dysfunctional and that serious failures of clinical care led to unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies.

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Hospital apologises for baby’s death

An NHS Trust has admitted liability for the death of a baby, who was stillborn in August 2011, reports the BBC.

Deborah Horner gave birth to her stillborn daughter Abbie in St James’ Hospital in Leeds. She had previously had a miscarriage and this fact, together with her age (43) meant that her pregnancy was considered high risk.

However, the care she received in the run up to her delivery was described as falling “far short of the high standards of care” the hospital normally provided, reports the BBC. Record keeping was inaccurate, and a foetal heart trace reading was misinterpreted.

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