Jonathan Petre and Stephen Adams
Women have successfully sued the NHS for hundreds of thousands of pounds – despite giving birth to healthy babies.
The mothers won the huge payouts after claiming that procedures to stop them having children – including abortions – went wrong.
The women received the cash for reasons including the pain suffered in childbirth and the discomfort of pregnancy.
Last night the former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, hit out at the move, saying: ‘A healthy child is an occasion for thanksgiving rather than for taking the NHS to the cleaners and using up precious funds which could otherwise be more usefully employed.’
And TV presenter and mother-of-two Kirstie Allsopp, who has urged women to have children while they are still young, said she understood that people who had suffered a serious medical malpractice or had a disabled child needed support, but added: ‘It seems to me that to be able to sue the NHS after the birth of a healthy baby is simply not something the majority of people would agree with.
‘The NHS hasn’t got an infinite amount of money. I think parents in that position should think twice.’
The successful legal claims have been made by at least 40 women over the past ten years. . . [Full text]