15th April 2016
A senior coroner has said that the NHS' cost-cutting preferences for choosing vaginal delivery over Caesarean sections could cause an increase in the risk of deaths of newborns.
The coroner in question Andrew Walker is calling for action because of the death of a newborn baby from last year, reports the BBC.
He died in June 2015, five days after he was born, because of brain damage he incurred during a difficult delivery with the aid of medical instruments.
North Middlesex University Hospital, where he was born, has accepted the responsibility for his death but has said that the cost of a Caesarean section was not part of the decision to continue with a natural vaginal birth.
However, Mr Walker believes that the case of the baby Kristian Jaworski was subject to financial decisions over the choice of delivery.
This is partly due to the fact that Kristian's mother Tracey Taylor told medical staff at the hospital that she needed a Caesarean after experiencing difficulties with the birthing of her previous baby.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 she said: "I don't want anyone else to go through the same thing, I feel that I was treated like an over-anxious woman who was too frightened to give birth."
The Department of Health has 56 days to respond to the report that Mr Walker has produced, in order to prevent this happening again.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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