Letters Maternal mortality in the UK

Wide range of practitioners need to go back to basics

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5948 (Published 21 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5948
  1. Christopher E Lennox, consultant obstetrician and clinical adviser1
  1. 1Healthcare Improvement Scotland Reproductive Health Programme, Edinburgh EH7 5EA, UK
  1. christopher.lennox{at}nhs.net

Nelson-Piercy and colleagues correctly note an overall rise in indirect causes of maternal deaths since the 1980s, and the encouraging fall in direct causes over the same period, but they do not comment on the decline in indirect deaths in the past decade despite rising …

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