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Almost nine in 10 obstetric units have unfilled rotas, finds audit

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3855 (Published 10 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3855
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Nearly nine in 10 obstetric units said that they have had problems filling registrar rotas in recent months, an audit of services in England, Scotland, and Wales has found.

Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, described the rota gaps as “particularly worrying.” She said that they would worsen over time and put the care of mothers and babies at risk.

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit gathered information from all 155 trusts and boards in Britain between January and March this year to identify good practice and areas that needed improvement. Its first report, published on 10 August, looked at the delivery of maternity and neonatal care, including the availability of services and facilities, and staffing.

It found …

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