Trust fined for failures in care

Published: 3rd October 2023

The recent case of baby Wynter Andrews who died in the care of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is a watershed moment for patients harmed in the care of the NHS. Whilst there are many claims brought for negligence, seldom is there ever a criminal prosecution as happened in this case. This is only the second criminal case brought by the CQC. The Trust was fined for systemic failings in care that resulted in multiple opportunities to prevent the death of this baby being missed. Most worryingly,  this included short staffing in the maternity unit leading to midwifes having to look after too many mothers.

The judge’s hope was that the fine would act as a punishment and deterrent and signal to Trust managers they must hold patient safety in the highest regard.

At a time where there is ongoing industrial action affecting the NHS, which can only increase the risk of staffing shortages impacting on patient care, the risk to patients is obvious.

If you think your care has been affected by inadequate staffing levels or systemic failings by the NHS and you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result, contact us for an initial consultation to discuss your concerns.