It has been revealed in a new report by the Freedom of Information that NHS Health Scotland's negligence had caused a number of cases to be closed over a period of two years, thereby costing a huge amount to the health department.
While some cases, nearly 44 in number, were closed without any compensation amount, some 96 cases were left open until the last June. And as per a spokeswoman for the Scottish government, it was a lesson to be learnt.
Since, the same along with the closure of a 30 cases from January 2009 to June 2011 had incurred almost £70m. It has been found that damages had demanded around £70.5m expenditure and nearly £3m was spent as legal costs.
Another astonishing fact that has come out in the inquest is that all cases were either of stillbirths or those associated with mental defects during pregnancy. Also, some cases were linked to birth with disabilities.
It is being concerned that these negligence claims would directly have an adverse impact on front line services. "We are also developing a specific patient safety programme for maternity care and have a refreshed framework to ensure that maternity care is individualized", said the spokesman for the government.