Midwives failing to check babies’ heart rates during labour is the biggest cause of birth blunders in NHS, an investigation has found.
An analysis of “devastating” cases which ended in brain injury found that seven in ten involved a failure to properly monitor the foetus.
And in almost two thirds of such births, at least two errors were made, with repeated missed chances to prevent death and avoidable injuries.
The research, which examined 96 births, follows official figures which show that almost £5bn of negligence claims were lodged against the NHS in 2018/19.
Half of this – almost £2.5bn – involved claims relating to alleged blunders in maternity.
The investigation also calls for urgent changes to ensure babies were properly monitored during labour.
Incompetence in a state organisation though…..