NHS And Government ‘Must Work Together To Cut Stillbirths’

Legal Experts React As New Report Raises Concerns Regarding Avoidable Deaths

16.11.2015

Specialist lawyers acting for those affected by failings in treatment and care have urged that the Government and the NHS must prepare to respond swiftly to fresh concerns that half of all stillborn babies could be saved every year.

The Daily Mail reports that a new report commissioned by the Department of Health is expected to reveal this week that 600 avoidable deaths happen every year, as a result of a lack of intervention by doctors and nurses.

According to the study, improvements in monitoring and intervention could prevent complications from arising and reduce the risk of stillbirth.

Reports on the issue have come as the Government launches a new drive to reduce the number of birth-related injuries and deaths in the UK, with the ultimate target of cutting brain injuries, maternal and neonatal deaths by up to 50 per cent by 2030.

It is believed that the UK has one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe.

Specialist medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have vast expertise acting for those affected by care failings and problems during treatment, including those who have experienced stillbirth as a result of patient safety failings.

Expert Opinion
“The report on the imminent release of this study has raised major concerns and it is clear that once released, the information included is carefully assessed and examined.

“It is clearly worrying that avoidable deaths have been identified and it is vital that the Government and NHS work to determine how current systems and processes for treatment can be changed to improve safety.

“Our work acting for those affected by avoidable care failings has highlighted how hugely devastating it is for families to be affected by such an issue.

“Safety must always be the priority and, with this in mind, absolute care and attention should be taken to improve services.”
Auriana Griffiths, Partner