Letters Shortage of midwives

Lack of accountability for understaffing in maternity care in England

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1918 (Published 06 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1918
  1. Malcolm John Dickson, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist1
  1. 1Royal Oldham Hospital, Oldham OL1 2JH, UK
  1. mjdickson{at}btinternet.com

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts says that England is short of 2300 midwives and that half of all maternity units do not employ enough consultants to ensure adequate senior cover.1 2 Such …

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