Serious incident investigations for cerebral palsy are “poor quality,” says watchdogBMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4368 (Published 21 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4368
- Gareth Iacobucci
- 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 …