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Timing of initiation of induction of labour can affect out of hours work

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7128.393a (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:393
  1. R Matijevic, Clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecologya,
  2. T A Johnston, Consultant in fetal-maternal medicinea,
  3. R Maxwell, Research midwifea
  1. a University of Manchester, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St Mary's Hospital, Manchester M13 0JH

    Editor—The new deal for junior doctors' hours1 and the recommendations from the report of a confidential enquiry into perioperative deaths2 put pressure on all specialties to reduce the out of hours workload, particularly out of hours operating. One specialty in which it remains difficult to achieve this is obstetrics, as the timing of labour is generally beyond the control of doctors. As a result, junior obstetricians and midwives remain busy throughout the 24 hours.

    The one area in which a degree of control …

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