No news is good news: Confidential Enquiries into Maternal DeathsBMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3390 (Published 01 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3390
- James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
When the latest report on maternal mortality in the United Kingdom was published three months ago, there was a small flurry of press interest, focused on a rise in deaths from sepsis (BJOG 2011;118:s1, doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02847.x). The press interest quickly faded because no one was to blame: most of the infections had been acquired in the community. Had the infections arisen in hospital all hell would have broken loose.⇓
Scapegoats, individual or institutional, are essential nowadays for triggering action in the health and social services. …
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