Birth trauma inquiry says legislation is needed to protect doctors from negligence claims

Doctors told the inquiry that fear of litigation in maternity care had created a 'risk-averse' system.
Emma Hurst, NSW Select Committee on Birth Trauma chair.

Doctors who provide “responsive” maternity care outside of clinical guidelines and hospital protocols because of individual patients’ needs should have protection from future litigation, a parliamentary inquiry has concluded.

Clinical guidelines remained necessary to ensure safety, according to the NSW Select Committee on Birth Trauma’s final report published last week.