In a new report, published by NHS Resolution, the organisation has identified that it is failing to implement effective processes which should ensure learning and improvement is achieved after serious medical incidents.

Reviewing the issues around 50 compensation claims against the NHS for negligent care causing cerebral palsy in new-born children between 2012 and 2016, the report found key areas of practice which are undermining attempts to reduce the levels of negligence.

The report expressed concern over the following discoveries:

• A lack of family involvement in investigations
• Poor-quality analysis of causes of negligence
• Lack of learning due to poor reporting

Furthermore, the analysis identified that ‘inadequate staff training and monitoring’ was an important issue in these claims.

The chief executive of NHS Resolution, Helen Vernon, as quoted in the Law Society Gazette, commented that “Negligent care resulting in cerebral palsy has a devastating and lifelong effect on the child, their family and carers.”

Recent estimates have suggested that medical negligence could cost the NHS as much as £3.2 billion by 2020. Failing to learn from their mistakes will only make the situation worse.

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