Sarah Schofield and her husband
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Medical negligence cost on Yorkshire's maternity wards

BBC Inside Out speaks to a couple who lost a baby in tragic circumstances due to staffing problems.

To reduce the risk of infection, Sarah Schofield should have been given the option of an induced birth within 24 hours.

But her delivery was delayed by staff shortages, missing equipment and a policy of avoiding assisted births at night.

Lawyer Rachelle Mahapatra won compensation for the couple after the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust admitted liability.

Lucy Hester investigates the human and financial costs of medical negligence claims on Yorkshire's maternity wards.

The Mid Yorkshire Trust says the Care Quality Commission now recognises its maternity services have improved, and it says it is sorry about what happened.

Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire is broadcast on Monday, 21 January on BBC One at 19:30 GMT and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

  • 21 Jan 2013