An in-depth report by senior midwife, Donna Ockenden, has found that catastrophic failures at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (the Trust) led to the death of more than 200 babies, nine mothers, and left many other infants with life-changing birth injuries. The enormity of the scandal and the findings of clinical negligence which caused or contributed to maternal injury and death, birth injuries, and stillbirths means that expert evidence may be required by potential claimants and the defendant.
How was the Ockenden investigation commissioned?
The affected parents who, despite their grief, conducted their own investigations into the Trust’s failings and successfully prompted the Ockenden investigation. The final report from the Independent Review of Maternity Services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust demonstrated that little was done to listen to bereaved parents and the families of children who sustained birth injuries.
The report also found major failings in terms of staff resourcing and training and that the Trust leadership team up to board level was in a “constant state of churn and change”.
The Trust board also lacked oversight of any investigations into maternal and birth injuries and deaths, meaning that “lessons were not learned, mistakes in care were repeated, and the safety of mothers and babies was unnecessarily compromised as a result.”
In cases of catastrophic birth injuries caused by lack of oxygen or failure to monitor the mother and/or baby’s vitals during labour, expert evidence is often required to establish the extent of the injuries and the long term prognosis of the infant.
In clinical negligence cases, compensation is there to put the Claimant back in the same position as if the cause of the injury had not happened. Expert witnesses are often instructed to provide “quantum reports” to help the court calculate the amount of the compensation award.
How can Expert Court Reports Ltd help?
At Expert Court Reports, we have several experts who may provide expert evidence in claims arising from birth injuries. Jayne Utting, has over 23 years of experience as a midwife and is an accredited expert witness. Dr Kshitij Mankad, a paediatric neuroradiologist, is another expert whose expertise is often required in such cases. We also provide experts who can comment on orthopaedic-related injuries, including Mr David Bryson and Mr Matthew Henderson.