Monday, May 30, 2011

Forgotten Cost of NHS Birth Litigation

This is the comment I've just posted on an article in The Sun today: NHS pays out for 750 £1m blunders.

"Litigation is a cost of childbirth that is rarely included in cost comparisons between different birth plans.

It's so easy to state that a planned cesarean birth is more costly than a spontaneous vaginal birth, but the truth is that when you take into account the real cost (financial and psychological) of all PLANNED vaginal births (and all their actual outcomes - good and bad), a planned cesarean birth is not necessarily more costly for the NHS.

In addition to litigation, there are also costs of trauma counselling, pelvic floor repair and treatment for other (infant and mother) birth injuries, which should be attributed to the cost of planning vaginal births."

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