More than 20 families have told BBC News that, following the experiences they have had at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), they believe it is important for an independent inquiry to be held into the maternity services.

Following our recent blogs surrounding news of the UK NHS maternity scandal, further evidence of families pushing for an independent inquiry has been published as more and more families have suffered as a result of the “inadequate” services.

There is evidence of mothers having been left in labour far too long in order to try and achieve a natural birth, despite them asking for intervention. The outcome of this has been catastrophic, not only leading to the unnecessary deaths of many babies, but also in causing ongoing physical and mental trauma for the mothers.

There is hope that a further independent inquiry would force Nottingham maternity services to make the changes necessary to ensure that lessons are learnt so both mothers and babies are safe, and so that the families get the answers they deserve.

With the news that at least 46 babies suffered brain damage, 19 babies were stillborn and a further 15 mothers and babies died between 2010 and 2020 at NUH, an independent inquiry seems inevitable.

Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence at Freeths, Jane Williams, recently welcomed the news that an independent inquiry is now being considered, while speaking with East Midlands Today about the work we are doing with our clients following these concerns. 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. ”.

As clinical negligence lawyers we represent families and children who have suffered or have lost loved ones as a result of failures in medical care during labour and birth. These claims seek to ensure that any child who has suffered a preventable injury can access the services they require such as care, therapy and equipment that may assist them during their lives. We can also help secure an apology from the Trust responsible and seek to ensure that the same mistakes are not made again. 

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