Hospital chiefs in Huddersfield and Calderdale paid out the fourth highest amount in England for maternity care errors.

The Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust paid £9.4m compensation for maternity care failures during 2014/15, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

The trust, which runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, paid out the greatest amount in Yorkshire and the fourth greatest in England.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

University Hospitals of Leicester Trust’s payout was the highest at £10.9m.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Dewsbury District Hospital and Wakefield Pinderfields Hospital, paid £2.6m in compensation.

One case highlighted in the study was that of Gino Asquith, who died at just three days old after his mother was left waiting for six hours on a busy maternity ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) – despite telling staff she couldn’t feel the baby moving.

Calderdale Royal Hospital

Bradford Coroner’s Court heard how Gino’s mum, 28-year-old Sarah Ellis, from Batley, went into labour on November 7, 2014.

She attended CRH, Halifax, where she was told there was no bed for her and that she needed to go to Huddersfield Birthing Centre.

Because her labour was not in an advanced stage she was sent home.

But later that day she could no longer feel her baby moving and attended Calderdale hospital again where she was admitted to the Maternity Assessment Unit.

Six hours later she was examined by a consultant and underwent an emergency caesarean section.

Gino was born on November 9 and was resuscitated twice. He was placed on a life support machine but just days later Sarah and her partner Adam Asquith were advised to withdraw treatment and Gino died on November 12.

Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust clinical lead for Family and Specialist Services, consultant Martin DeBono, said: “Our maternity unit is committed to delivering the safest care to mums and babies. On rare occasions we have missed opportunities to provide excellent care.

“We fully investigate all these occasions so we can pick up and share any learning from them to try to ensure they don’t happen again.

“We continually work hard to improve the care for babies, their mums and families.

“We would again take this opportunity to again send our condolences to baby Gino’s parents.”