The figures, disclosed by Health Minister Daniel Poulter last month, show that, in the decade up to 2013, the NHS paid out more than £94 million in 164 cases of ‘wrongful births’, most of which involved parents who had disabled children after a doctor negligently failed to warn them of the risk.
But the parliamentary written answer also showed that, in the 104 such cases that have been finally settled, 40 involved the birth of perfectly healthy children – six after ‘failed terminations’, 24 after ‘failed sterilisation’, eight after a ‘failed contraceptive implant/procedure’, one following a ‘failure to diagnose pregnancy’ and one as a result of ‘inaccurate fertility advice’.
There’s something deeply uneasy about a payment to a woman who has had a healthy child because the doctors failed to abort it.
BTW, has the law changed on this recently? Thought it was standard English law that birth of a healthy child could not be considered a damage?