From Caroline Wilson, headlining in the Herald today:
By Caroline Wilson, headlining in the Herald today, a cheap and inaccurate account. The £280 million is insurance against claims by parents where, tragically, their child died in the process of being born. There is as yet no evidence that any of these cases will be settled against the health board. Further down we read that only £27 million in total was actually paid out last year. There is a different, more accurate, more sensitive headline of the kind an adult might compose.
Scotland’s largest health board is facing a multi-million compensation bill for botched deliveries on maternity wards. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said 80% of the £280million sum set aside for new claims was related to 14 “high value” cases lodged for “adverse events in childbirth”, which caused harm to either the mother or baby.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/20244754.nhs-greater-glasgow-clyde-facing-280million-compensation-bill/
Putting the above 14 cases into perspective:
Three hundred babies died or were left brain-damaged due to inadequate care at an NHS trust, according to reports. The Sunday Times has reported that a five-year investigation will conclude next week that mothers were denied caesarean sections and forced to suffer traumatic births due to an alleged preoccupation with hitting “normal” birth targets. The inquiry, which analysed the experiences of 1,500 families at Shrewsbury and Telford hospital trust between 2000 and 2019, found that at least 12 mothers died while giving birth, and some families lost more than one child in separate incidents, the newspaper reported.https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/mar/26/shropshire-maternity-scandal-300-babies-died-or-left-brain-damaged-says-report
Further, Shrewsbury and Telford hospital trust serves around 500 000 people. Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board serves 1 200 000, more than twice as many.
Finally, in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, despite its well-known historical challenges around drug and alcohol abuse and level of poverty among many of its patients, the Infant death ratio (3.46 per 100K live births) is very close to the Scottish average (3.24): https://scotland.shinyapps.io/ScotPHO_profiles_tool/