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Length:
30 minutes of audio
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In this podcast Penny Brearey-Horne a legal academic from the University of Essex considers systemic deficiencies in NHS maternity services and the role of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 in maternal death cases.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Appreciate the current position with regard to maternal deaths in the United Kingdom;
  • Have considered examples of cases in which systemic failings have resulted in ‘needless’ maternal deaths;
  • Have considered recent reviews and enquiries into maternal services where systemic organisational deficiencies were a contributory factor to maternal deaths and the issues they identify and the lessons that can be drawn from them;
  • Be aware of the key ingredients of an offence under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and the role the Act could play in this context.
Level:
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Classification:
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007;
  • Cotswold Geotechnical (Holdings) Ltd [2011] All E.R. (D) 100;
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974;
  • Healthcare Commission Annual Report 2008/9;
  • King’s Fund Report, ‘The Safety of Maternity Services in England’ (April 2007);
  • National Health Service Litigation Authority: Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (2012/13);
  • R v Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • The Eighth Report of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths, ‘Saving Mothers’ Lives’ (2006-2008);
  • The Seventh Report of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths, ‘Saving Mothers’ Lives’ (2003-2005).

In this podcast Penny Brearey Horne, legal academic from the University of Essex discusses the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and the NHS, particularly in relation to systemic failure in maternity services.

Date recorded: April 2012

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