LT v Lothian NHS Health Board

Medical negligence – Childbirth – Birth injury – Liability. Court of Session: In an action by a mother alleging professional negligence against the registrar on duty in a hospital's labour ward in respect of the birth of her son, who was later diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy, in 2005, the court held that the pursuer's liability case failed on the grounds maintained at proof: it had not been shown that the registrar was negligent in interpreting the cardiotocograph ('CTG') trace as normal or reassuring at or about 22:30 hrs on 24 October 2005, or in not expediting the child's birth by alternative means, and there was no breach of any duty to inform the pursuer of the risk of fetal compromise and to obtain her consent to the continuation of labour.

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