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Serious incident investigations for cerebral palsy are “poor quality,” says watchdog

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 21 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4368
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Patients and their families were involved in just 40% of investigations into whether negligent NHS care resulted in children being born with cerebral palsy between 2012 and 2016, a new analysis has found.

The report from NHS Resolution, formerly the NHS Litigation Authority, examined 50 cases of cerebral palsy or brain injury between 2012 and 2016 where a legal liability had been established.1 It estimated that the potential financial liability of these cases could surpass £390m (€440m; $530m), excluding defence costs and the wider healthcare costs to the NHS. Obstetric claims accounted for 10% of the 10 686 claims received under NHS Resolution’s indemnity schemes …

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