Claim launched against Cumbrian hospitals

A compensation claim for medical negligence has been launched against north Cumbria’s hospitals after a family alleged they had botched the birth of their daughter.

Penrith mother Anita White blames bosses at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust for complications she says were caused by negligence at the time of her baby Katie’s birth, the Express and Star reports.

Her solicitors have now issued a high court writ pursuing damages totalling more than £300,000 for losses and damages sustained during the delivery at West Cumberland Hospital, as well as the neonatal care provided by Penrith Hospital.

The North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has refused to comment on the case, saying all negligence claims against hospital trusts are dealt with by the NHS Litigation Authority.

Recently the Harrow Observer reported that Northwick Park Hospital had been forced to pay a "significant amount" in injury compensation after a court ruled that inadequate neonatal care had led a baby to suffer from brain damage.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19128951-ADNFCR

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