GMSC's advice on intrapartum care is unhelpful

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7035.910c (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:910
  1. Jeremy Bradbrook,
  2. Mike Carmi,
  3. Judith Danby,
  4. Rupert Fawdry,
  5. Julian Fletcher,
  6. Dinah Gill,
  7. Ann Jackson-Baker,
  8. David Jewell,
  9. Marion McKenzie,
  10. Alistair Noble,
  11. Richard Porter,
  12. Breda Seaman,
  13. Lindsay Smith,
  14. Gavin Young
  1. Association for Community-Based Maternity Care, 17 Church Street, Ilchester, Somerset BA22 8LN

    EDITOR,—The General Medical Services Committee recently issued guidance stating, “We think that practitioners who are going to provide intrapartum care should be the relatively few GPs [general practitioners] who are highly skilled and practised in this area…these GPs are referred to as GP obstetricians. Only they should undertake home deliveries and deliveries in GP units.”1 2

    We believe that this advice is unhelpful as it is likely to reduce the number of general practitioners prepared to attend women in labour. Few would be prepared to have their professional …

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