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Dutch model of maternity care May not suit Britain

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6924.342a (Published 29 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:342
  1. E R Van Teijlingen
  1. Centre for HIV/AIDS and Drug Studies, City Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5SB.

    EDITOR, - In her comprehensive paper Christina Oppenheimer looked at aspects of the Dutch model of maternity care of relevance to establishing care led by midwives in Britain.1 The internal market in the health services in Britain, inspired by a free market ideology, seems to be fundamentally different from the Dutch way of organising the provision of services. In the Netherlands state intervention limits competition between general practitioners and midwives, …

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