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British maternity wards in crisis

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/04/2011

Jeremy Laurance

"The safety of maternity care in Britain's hospitals is under the gravest threat from an over-stretched, underresourced service which is putting mothers and babies in danger, experts have warned.

"Fourteen NHS trusts have significantly raised baby death rates which are up to twice the national average. Shortages of staff, a rising birth rate, lack of training, inadequate equipment and poor leadership are leaving women in childbirth exposed to unacceptable risks.

"The president of the Royal College of Obstetricians told The Independent that to ensure the safety of women and children in the face of staff shortages, maternity care must be concentratedin fewer, larger "baby factories" which can provide 24-hour consultant cover. The proposal will mean the loss of local maternity units and women having to travel further to have their babies - and is certain to meet fierce opposition."

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"British maternity wards in crisis", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2011. Consulté le 29/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/british-maternity-wards-in-crisis