People Insights
Contact Us
Get in touch
Contact Us
Published On: May 16, 2016 | Blog | 0 comments

Are women in need of caesarean sections being denied them on the NHS because of financial pressures?

Last month North London Senior Coroner, Andrew Walker, posed this question to the Department of Health following the tragic death of Kristian Jaworski, aged 5 days old. In a strongly-worded report to the Department of Health, Mr Walker warned there was a “presumption in favour of vaginal delivery based partly of cost”, although the hospital denies this was the case.

Following the birth of her first child, Kristian’s mother, Tracey Taylor was found to have an unusually narrow birth canal and required a forceps delivery. Doctors advised that in the future, she would need a caesarean to avoid any further complications. However, this was not recorded in her notes.  During her second pregnancy with Kristian, Miss Taylor notified the hospital of this fact on several occasions, but despite this, was forced to have a vaginal delivery. She describes the experience as being made to feel like she was an “over anxious woman who was too frightened to give birth.”

As a result of significant delays in Kristian’s birth whilst medics tried to deliver him using suction and forceps, before an emergency caesarean, his brain was starved of oxygen and he sadly died in July 2015, after suffering catastrophic brain injuries. Mr Walker told an inquest into Kristian’s death that there appeared to be a financial reason for the NHS favouring a vaginal delivery “that needed to be rebutted”.

Natural deliveries cost the NHS half as much as caesareans, which involve a number of theatre staff. Official NHS figures show that vaginal deliveries cost the health service £1,985 each. In comparison, caesarean sections cost £3,781.

The hospital has accepted legal liability for Kristian’s death, although it has said that cost was not a consideration during his birth.

It is no secret that the NHS is under an enormous amount of pressure to cut costs and it is clear that caesarean sections cannot be offered to every woman. However, a caesarean clearly should have been offered in this case, where there was an obvious clinical need for one. Mr Walker commented “there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken”.

At Anthony Gold, we have worked closely with many children and families who have been affected by birth injuries. The compensation we recover for our clients ensures that the child’s future complex needs are met and that the children, together with their families are supported, both emotionally and practically so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.

* Disclaimer: The information on the Anthony Gold website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. It is provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied.*
  • A resolute solicitor who fights instinctively for those who have suffered from child abuse and catastrophic injuries.
  • Has worked on complex cases for almost ten years, including currently running a case for a below-the-knee amputation client which is likely to settle for £1 million.
  • Achieved substantial settlements for other clients suffering from a range of injuries over the past year.
  • Recommended by clients:
    “Sandra De Souza provided an excellent service – she was faultless and achieved an excellent outcome for me. I am very grateful for her support and hard work throughout my case.”
    “I’d like to thank you for your help in this matter and the speed and efficiency in which it has been brought to a closure.”

Get in touch

Call, email or use a contact form – whichever suits you. We’ll let you know the best person to help you get started.

Call or Email

020 7940 4060

About the author

Contact Us

How can we help?

Request a Call Back

How can we help?