Concern has been mounting over the safety of mothers and their babies at one of the largest hospitals in England, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, who provide care for over 10,000 women each year.

Last year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the Trust’s maternity service as ‘inadequate’. Figures show that, between 2010 and 2020, at least 46 babies suffered brain damage, 19 were stillborn and there were 15 deaths involving mothers and babies. As a result of this large number of incidents, the Trust have paid out over £91m in damages over the last decade to support the injured children and bereaved families.

Patient Safety Minister, Nadine Dorries, has now agreed to meet with a number of the Nottinghamshire MPs who earlier wrote to Matt Hancock, highlighting their fears for the safety of women and poor care being provided by the Trust. Nadine Dorries has given assurances that ‘we are taking your concerns very seriously’.

An independent inquiry will look to examine the quality of care provided to expectant mothers to include amongst other issues the lack of staff, with the Trust still struggling to fill 70 full–time vacancies for midwives.

The news is welcomed by families who have been demanding answers having suffered, or lost loved ones, due to failures on the part of the Trust.

We act for several families who have suffered at hands of the Trust.

One mother, whose son suffered brain damage after she gave birth at one of Nottingham’s Hospitals has spoken to East Midlands Today, stating she felt ignored during her labour and she now regrets she had not been given the opportunity to discuss a C-section. She feels her son’s brain damage would have been avoided if he been delivered earlier, when there were warning signs, but these were sadly missed. All of our clients are keen to be heard to ensure lessons are finally learnt so other families do not have to suffer the heartache and pain they have been through.

Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence, Jane Williams, welcomed the news that an external review is now being considered and discussed with East Midlands Today some of the further issues raised. Jane said, “The steps taken by the Trust to improve patient safety is both welcome and reassuring, but the worry for clients is that the improvements are not happening quickly enough and the impact of failures in care has a devastating impact on their lives”.

If you or a loved one have similar concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free, confidential discussion.

Please phone/email Jane Williams on: 0845 272 5724 or email jane.williams@freeths.co.uk 

Alternatively, please contact:

Gemma Bedford: 0115 935 0367 / gemma.bedford@freeths.co.uk

Jessica Atkin: 0115 985 3367 / jessica.atkin@freeths.co.uk

Katy Barnett:   0845 271 6752 / katy.barnett@freeths.co.uk

Adrian Denton: 0115 985 3335 / adrian.denton@freeths.co.uk

Phillip McGough:   0845 050 3290 / phillip.mcgough@freeths.co.uk