Good news for NHS coffers in the latest judgement on what damages parents who have an unwanted child as a result of medical negligence can claim.

In Greenfield v Flather and Others, a claim against a GP practice, the practice nurse failed to detect that a patient who was having contraceptive injections was pregnant. The patient claimed she would have had an abortion had she known.

She gave up work to look after the baby and sought damages for her loss of earnings. The House of Lords has already barred parents from recovering the cost of bringing up a healthy child, but was not required to pronounce on a mother's loss of earnings if she gives up work. Now the Court of Appeal has stated firmly that this is not recoverable either.