Leading birth injuries solicitor Diane Rostron is calling for the Welsh Government and the Cwm Taf University Health Board’s investigations into maternity services delivered at hospitals in Merthyr Tydfil and Llantrisant to be widened.
The recently announced reviews currently only cover baby deaths at the Prince Charles and Royal Glamorgan hospitals during the period 2016 to 2018 and come amidst a major overhaul of the Health Boards’ maternity services.
Commenting on the investigations, birth injuries specialist Diane Rostron said: “It is vitally important that these investigations are carried out properly and thoroughly and review not only the potentially avoidable baby deaths at these hospitals, but also reviews the incidents where babies have suffered significant life changing injuries as a result of negligence.
“My team is currently representing a number of families whose babies have been left with major lifelong disabilities due to medical negligence at these hospitals and more South Wales families have been in touch with us since news of the inquiry was announced.
“We will be writing to both the Welsh Government and the chief executive at the Cwm Taf University Health Board to ask that their investigations are widened to a longer period and also include significant birth injuries which could have been avoided.
“We are speaking to at least six families whose children suffered significant birth injuries which took place between 2011 and 2013. We are also aware of another case where a mother lost twins after her ruptured uterus went undiagnosed back in 2009 at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
“We are urging other families in the area to come forward if they have any doubts about how their baby may have been injured or died at these hospitals.
“We have come across a number of discrepancies in the information provided to us when pursuing medical negligence claims against the Cwm Taf University Health Board. I would urge all families who may have been affected but simply told that their baby’s injury or death was a natural occurrence to speak to us.”