Sadly, new mum medical negligence is on the rise. Yes, you read the title correctly. New mothers in the UK, seem to be suffering from a common occurrence of what can be classed as new mum medical negligence from doctors after they give birth.
Patients who make visits to a medical doctor often expect to receive critical information that could save their lives. This is especially important when patients are providing with new treatments, medical prescriptions, and other types of information regarding diet and other health activities. However, new reports indicate that nearly half of new mothers who have given birth in the United Kingdom have not received the information they need in order to save their own lives or the lives of their new babies.The reports were drawn up from a survey completed by Netmums, and showed that more than 47 per cent of respondents indicated that they were not given information on life-threatening illnesses and other conditions that would need medical attention. The survey looked at whether or not mothers received this type of information within 24 hours of giving birth.
This is a significant problem for UK mothers and for hospitals and doctors because it is in direct violation of guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The published guidelines indicate that mums should receive all critical care information for new mothers within 24 hours of giving birth. The survey showed that only 24 per cent of the mothers who were surveyed could remember receiving the critical advice within the required 24-hour period.
Pressure to keep mothers moving out of the hospital and to free up beds for new birthing mothers and other patients has been cited as one of the primary reasons for new mums not receiving the care and advice that they should be according to the guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is currently running a campaign called, “Pressure Points,” in which it points out and addresses the lack of resources, staffing, and proper time devoted to patients in hospitals throughout the UK. The campaign specifically aims to address the inability of midwives, due to rules put in place by hospital administrators, and a major lack of resources.
Reports from midwives indicate that they are interested in providing higher levels of care to new mothers, but are unable to do so. These same reports indicate that there is a growing level of frustration for midwives at not being able to provide proper care and advice. New mothers who are not given the right care, advice, and knowledge within the first 24 hours after giving birth are at an increased risk for experiencing critical illnesses and injuries that could lead to their own death or to the death of their child. Hospital staff are obligated to provide this information in order to ensure that these types of accidental deaths do not occur. Reports indicate, and comments support, that hospitals should be held liable for the deaths and serious injuries of mothers and newborn infant children that could have been prevented if guidelines were followed and mothers were provided with proper care and advice in a timely fashion.