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Father: Disabled son's life as 'good as we can make it'

Litigation as a result of poor maternity care is rising, and now represents a fifth of total spending on maternity services, according to a new report from the National Audit Office.

The report also says England is still short of 2,300 midwives; that women are still being left alone in labour, and still do not have enough choice of where to give birth.

James was affected by poor care after his son was starved of oxygen during birth.

Speaking to the Today programme, he said: "(His son) now has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, severe brain damage, severe visual impairment, and epilepsy.

James, not his real name because there is an anonymity clause in the settlement, said: "His life is as good as we can make it (with the money received). We wouldn't have done what we've had to do if the standard services were better with the physiotherapy, the occupational therapists, and everybody involved in disabled services."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 8 November 2013.

  • 08 Nov 2013
  • From the section UK