Medical Negligence Claims v Basildon Hospital Maternity Unit

Author:
Jodie Cook
Senior Associate, Medical Negligence Lawyer
Date:
20/11/2020

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are offering a free claims assessment with legal advice to maternity patients who may have received negligent care from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust; which manages Basildon University Hospital.

Basildon Hospital’s maternity unit was recently told to make urgent improvements by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following an investigation in August this year. This came after concerns about patient safety were raised by a whistleblower.

The CQC uncovered many serious failings at Basildon Hospital, for example:

  • The maternity unit only had safe staffing levels during four shifts throughout the whole of August
  • Lessons were not learned after the death of Gabriela Pintilie in February 2019, who lost six litres of blood during childbirth because of what the coroner described as delays, confusion and a lack of leadership
  • Safety meetings required during shift handovers did not happen
  • Incidents that affected patient safety were not appropriately categorised
  • Staff were not given consistent guidance on spotting the risk of post-partum haemorrhage

CQC inspectors returned to Basildon Hospital in mid-September and found that many of the failings that had been identified a month earlier still hadn’t been dealt with. The Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust was then given until November 9th to make the changes it has recommended to improve patient safety.

However, a new report by the CQC published since then is still hugely critical of the maternity unit, describing it as “inadequate”.

Criticisms include a “longstanding poor staff culture” that “created an ineffective team where doctors, midwives and other healthcare professionals did not support each other to provide good care”.

The CQC also said leaders lacked “the skills and abilities to effectively lead the service”, staff didn’t always treat women with “compassion and kindness”, and that there was a culture where staff didn’t feel they could raise concerns “without fear of reprisal”.

If you attended a maternity unit run by Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and have concerns about the care you received, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Our expert Medical Negligence Solicitors offer a free claims assessment with legal advice, and will be happy to discuss your situation with you and how we can help you. If you do have a case we may be able to deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

How We Can Help You

During your free claims assessment, we can talk with you about what happened and see whether you have a good chance of successfully claiming compensation.

If we can take on your case, one of our expert Medical Negligence Solicitors will be assigned to you and begin a detailed investigation.

We care deeply about our clients and want to make the claims process as straightforward as possible for you. So we can tailor our service to your specific needs and wishes, keep you regularly updated about what’s happening with your claim and work with you and your family to get the best possible outcome.

We have an enviable track record of helping people who’ve been experienced medical negligence in NHS maternity services get the compensation they deserve. For example:

One of our Medical Negligence Solicitors was formerly an NHS nurse and midwife, and brings with her many years’ experience of what life is like in a busy maternity unit. This valuable insight has proved a great asset to our team, helping us identify the key issues in a medical negligence claim and take a forensic look at all the evidence we obtain.

We should stress that we’ll do everything we can to reach a settlement out of Court, and will pursue options such as mediation so we can settle your claim for compensation amicably and constructively.

This approach can be much less stressful for our clients, and just as effective, if not more so, in helping them reach a settlement that truly reflects what they’ve been through. At the same time, it should help the NHS learn valuable lessons for the future, so the mistakes you experienced hopefully won’t be made again.

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