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Medical negligence 'caused baby's death' in Hull

Medical negligence 'caused baby's death' in Hull

Medical negligence has been cited as the cause of a baby's death in Hull, with staff at the city's women and children's hospital accused of "serious failings".

BBC News reports that an expert reviewing the case suggested Joshua Hicks died 17 hours after being born because employees attending the birth failed to detect the child's abnormal heart beat, which led to a cardiac arrest.

Phil Morley, chief executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, stated: "When we get it wrong, it is individuals and their families who pay the price for failings in the way we deliver our care."

Joshua's mother, Kirsty, was quoted as saying she is still traumatised by the death of her son, which occurred on November 15th 2006.

According to the Bootle Times, Liverpool Women's Hospital has also been accused of medical negligence recently, with 32-year-old Gillian Hanlon stating that the facility "ruined" her and her husband's lives when they removed her fallopian tubes without consent during an operation.

Paul Sankey, clinical negligence partner at RJW, commented: "This is a tragic story which shows quite how important good care from midwives and doctors is during labour and birth. Mistakes in care can so easily lead to loss of life or babies born with serious brain damage. Many of the highest compensation pay-outs made by the NHS arise from failings in maternity units."

Contact our clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049 or email enquiries@rjw.co.uk if you would like advice on any medical negligence matter

Posted by Cheryl Bennett