Calderdale NHS trust among worst for maternity payouts

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Financial payouts following maternity care failings at Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals are among the highest in the country, latest figures show.

The trust which runs the two hospitals paid out £9.3m to settle obstetrics care claims during 2014-15.

The figure for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust was the highest in Yorkshire and fourth highest among England’s 146 health trusts.

The NHS Litigation Authority, which released the latest figures, paid out £325m in total for maternity care failings nationally during the year.

Consultant Martin DeBono, Calderdale and Huddersfield’s clinical lead for family and specialist services, said: “On rare occasions we have missed opportunities to provide excellent care.

“We fully investigate all these occasions so we can pick up and share any learning from them to try to ensure they don’t happen again.

“We continually work hard to improve the care for babies, their mums and families.”