A negligent midwife who caused the death of a baby at Warwick Hospital has been struck off. Kay Francis, who had worked as a midwife for five years, failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment on Sarah Kunigiski in 2012 and also later didn’t notice that her unborn baby’s heart rate had dropped. Mrs Kunigiski’s son was born suffering from a brain injury and later died at Coventry University Hospital.
A week later, Ms Francis made further errors when she failed to examine a baby that was having problems breathing. The baby was later found to have a bacterial blood infection and was admitted to intensive care. At a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the negligent midwife was accused of putting patients at ‘unwarranted risk.’ A panel spokesman commented, “Ms Francis’ behaviour was unacceptable and the actions took place over a significant period, both during and immediately after a long period of supervision. There was a lack of any real regret and remorse for both the women and babies involved and a significant risk she would repeat her errors.”
Claiming compensation for clinical negligence
Having a baby should be a joyful time, and you put your trust in your doctor and midwife to provide you with a professional standard of care. Being a midwife is a responsible, professional job, and if your midwife has been negligent, this could have serious consequences for both you and your baby. If your baby has been born with a disability or difficulties caused by a midwife’s negligence, or if your midwife has failed to assess risks which have caused complications during birth, you could make a claim for compensation.
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Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown