Is the new birth injury claims scheme a mark of progress or a step backwards? The Department of Health launched their Safer Maternity Care scheme back in October, which aims to help reach the government’s rather ambitious target of halving the amount of stillbirths, maternal and neonatal deaths and brain injuries during childbirth by the year 2030. The Safer Maternity Care action plan sets out the measures that will be put in place to make NHS maternity care safer in the UK, and includes extra funding for maternity safety training as well as new initiatives to help improve the level of care. Also included is a plan for the Rapid Resolution and Redress (RRR) scheme, with the government planning to utilise such a scheme for ‘cases where “avoidable harm” has occurred during the labour or delivery process’. The RRR part of the Safer Maternity Care scheme states that it will investigate ‘how to change the litigation culture, which can prevent openness and transparency, by taking views on a new voluntary compensation scheme as an alternative to costly legal processes’. As always, legal practitioners on the front-line of handling medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants are wary of any government…