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Midwives’ concerns about eligibility stopped women accessing healthy food vouchers

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2036 (Published 12 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2036
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

A study to boost uptake of food and vitamin vouchers among pregnant women has found that midwives unwittingly prevented women from applying for the benefits.

Public health specialists at NHS Lothian, Scotland, investigated why women were not applying for the Healthy Start vouchers (roughly 25% of women in the United Kingdom did not receive them) and found that midwives were wrongly worrying about women’s eligibility for the scheme.

The vouchers, which can be spent on milk, fresh and frozen fruit …

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