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Midwife sues over home visit fall

A Hull couple say they are being sued by their midwife after she tripped on the stairs during a home visit.

James and Michelle Hudson, of Roslyn Road, said they had received a solicitor's letter telling them they are liable for the midwife's injury.

But the couple said the midwife, who was on a routine visit after the birth of the family's twins, was unhurt.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said the midwife had taken out individual legal action.

Stephen Greep, chief executive of the trust, said: "The Trust is not involved in this legal action and is therefore unable to comment on the case.

"However, we fully sympathise with the family for any distress caused by this action."

Days after the incident at the family's west Hull home, Mr and Mrs Hudson received the solicitor's letter which reportedly threatened action under The Occupiers Act 1957, saying they "failed in their duty to provide a safe place of work" for the midwife.

It was reported that the letter claimed the midwife tripped on a buggy on the stairs, a claim which the couple reject.

A spokesman for the Royal College of Midwives said it did not comment on individual cases.

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