Recent reports have revealed that a hospital is being investigated over the quality of maternity services it has been providing till now, which has led to more than 30 compensation claims against it. These claims have been filed sustaining medical negligence, which either lead to death or injuries to mother or the infant.
It has been reported that since 2002, 37 claims had been filed against Furness general hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, run by an NHS trust, out of which only five compensations have been claimed, rest 24 claims have been filed in the beginning of 2011.
The figures were revealed by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay foundation trust. It has been stated that Monitor is the body, which has the complete authorization and power of controlling the trust. However, a report published this February including assessment of maternal services emphasized that the Monitor is posing a considerable risk to mothers and infants.
In 2008, James Titcombe’s son Joshua died in the hospital. After that he is asking for details by freedom of information request. He asserted that he was not taking legal action against the trust.
He said, “It is a small maternity unit. Are there any other maternity units in the country, let alone one as small as this, where there is that number of cases?”