Babies' deaths linked to suboptimal care

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7007.747 (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:747
  1. Chri Wright, Senior perinatal pathologist,
  2. Tricia Cresswell, Senior registrar in public health medicine
  1. Royal Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust, Queen Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne
  2. Maternity Surveys Office, NHS Executive Northern and Yorkshire, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AA

    EDITOR,--Charles D A Wolfe makes several important points in his critique of the confidential inquiries into stillbirths and deaths in infancy, not least on the issue of interobserver variability between regional panels.1 As chairs of the regional confidential inquiry panels in the former Northern region, we wish to defend the inquiry system as currently applied to “intrapartum deaths” fulfilling the criteria for 1994 (those babies dying in utero during labour or in the first 27 completed days of life, weighing 1500 g …

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