A not-for-profit organisation
committed to injured people
A not-for-profit organisation
committed to injured people

Publication of NHS Resolution’s Early Notification Scheme second report

29 Sep 2022
APIL news

APIL joint vice president Suzanne Trask said:


“The aims of the scheme are commendable, but our concerns with how it operates still remain. In particular, there is no indication that families are being informed that they have a right to independent legal advice. The need to take advice from an independent and specialist solicitor cannot be emphasised enough, given the life changing tragedy caused where a baby suffers a brain injury. And the reported adherence to the duty of candour in the report does not reflect the experience of many families. APIL members have reported that families are either not told that an investigation is happening, or that they are not as involved as they should be.


It’s disappointing that this report is three years overdue and is not the full evaluation we were expecting. This is apparently to be conducted next year and we hope it will provide proper insight into whether families truly benefit from the scheme. Meanwhile, maternity scandals in NHS Trusts are coming to light one after the other, demonstrating a widespread crisis. An overarching, strategic approach to learning from failures in care is critical to avoiding heartbreak for more families.”

Past statements and comments

More past statements

Head of Campaigns and Communications
Lorraine Gwinnutt
0115 943 5400
[email protected]

Communications Manager
Jane Hartwell
0115 943 5416
[email protected]

Press and Communications Officer
Julie Crouch
0115 943 5408
[email protected]

Communications Assistant
Zach Wheelhouse Steel
0115 943 5431
[email protected]