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Health professionals cast doubts over personal budgets for pregnant women

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3655 (Published 30 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3655
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Maternity experts have questioned the idea of pregnant women being given personal budgets with which to choose the care they receive.

Witnesses appeared before the House of Commons Health Committee on 28 June for an inquiry into maternity services, prompted by the recent National Maternity Review: Better Births report.1

The review, published in February, found that maternity services in England were safer than ever but that there was unwarranted variation in the quality of and outcomes from maternity services across the country. The report said that some women found it difficult to make choices about their care.

MPs asked the witnesses if safer care could be achieved if all areas adopted one of the review’s recommendations—provision of personal maternity budgets to …

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