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Paterson Independent Inquiry

Emma Wray

Posted by Emma Wray | Partner
On 15th February 2021

In April 2017, Ian Paterson, a surgeon in the West Midlands, was convicted of wounding with intent, and imprisoned. The story of a surgeon harming patients in his care was shocking, and at the time of his trial Paterson was described as having ‘breached his patients’ trust and abused his power’. His malpractice took place in both NHS and private facilities. On 4 February 2021 the independent inquiry into the issues raised by Paterson published its report. 

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Data shows mortality is still more common in BAME women than White women during and after pregnancy

Nadine Refaat

Posted by Nadine Refaat | Trainee
On 20th January 2021

MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK) have now published their seventh annual report for 2020, reviewing maternal deaths and their possible causes. The report shows that pregnancy remains very safe in the UK, where approximately 0.01% of pregnancies resulted in mortality either during or up to 6 weeks after pregnancy between 2016 and 2018. Of this 0.01%, however, mothers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (‘BAME’) backgrounds are disproportionately overrepresented.

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