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Coroners to Examine Suspect Stillbirths

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Jeremy Hunt has announced plans for a change in the law so that coroners can look into stillbirths. The Health Secretary said "all unexplained cases of serious harm or death would now be independently investigated". 

Currently, Coroners can only investigate deaths of babies who show signs of life after being born. The UK has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the western world, according to international studies, and is facing a record £2bn negligence bill fuelled by childbirth blunders.

Jacqui White, a Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team at Pearson, commented, "Jeremy Hunt's proposed plan to halve stillbirths and neonatal and maternal deaths by ensuring that all such tragedies are independently investigated, is welcome in the ongoing fight to improve patient safety".

"Whilst statistics suggest that standards in obstetric and neonatal care have improved over the last 10 years, mothers and babies are still dying avoidably due to negligence. Those babies who survive negligently managed births are left with severe mental and physical deficit. Mr Hunt's plans will hopefully lead to improvements in the standard of care within the NHS and provide answers to families who have experienced such tragedies".


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Written by Jacqueline White


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