New Scheme for Victims of Maternity Care Medical Negligence

25 April 2017

By Medical Negligence Solicitor Daniel Comerford

Medical negligence relating to maternity care is a big issue for the NHS. Of the 10,965 new medical negligence cases involving the NHS in 2015/2016, 10% related to Obstetrics.

Following consideration by the UK Government, a new scheme has been announced to tackle concerns over maternity safety. Amongst the recommendations made in the Safer Maternity Care action plan is the creation of a voluntary compensation scheme, called the Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme. The scheme is hoped to act as an alternative for victims of medical negligence and their families who otherwise would have to rely on lengthy and costly medical negligence litigation.

It is reported that the Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme will give clinicians the opportunity to learn lessons from maternity incidents and that victims of medical negligence and their families will be provided with financial support without having to resort to medical negligence litigation.

Concerns have been raised by various interested parties as to whether the proposed scheme will mean that the victims of medical negligence and their families will in fact be disadvantaged by not having the advice of specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors. Specialist Medical Solicitors are able to, amongst other things, identify what the family are likely to require in the future and what they are entitled to recover as a result of the negligence, such as the cost of carers, aids and equipment, suitable vehicles and accommodation etc.

Medical Negligence Solicitors at Co-op Legal Services awaits the full details of the Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme but an immediate concern is whether this scheme will seek to reduce the amount of damages recoverable by victims of medical negligence.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness as a result of negligent medical treatment it is essential to get expert legal advice as soon as possible.

It is part of the Co-op’s ethos and values to provide help and support in enforcing legal rights so as to prevent injustice. We will always strive to secure the best possible compensation and rehabilitation support for our clients.

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