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Research Article

General practitioner obstetrics in Bradford.

BMJ 1990; 300 doi: (Published 17 March 1990) Cite this as: BMJ 1990;300:725
  1. F C Bryce,
  2. J K Clayton,
  3. R J Rand,
  4. I Beck,
  5. D I Farquharson,
  6. S E Jones
  1. St Luke's Hospital, Bradford, West Yorshire.


    The standard of obstetrics care by general practitioners in Bradford was assessed by reviewing the case records of all women who in 1988 were booked for delivery under their general practitioner but subsequently required transfer to consultant care. A total of 5885 women were delivered in Bradford during 1988. Of 1289 booked under their general practitioner, 637 required transfer to consultant care. In 259 cases transfer occurred during labour; only 37 of these women were visited by their general practitioner. Many of the problems that precipitated transfer were predictable and some were considered preventable: 263 of the women transferred were considered unsuitable for booking by general practitioners. The perinatal mortality among women booked under their general practitioner was 10.1/1000 and the stillbirth rate 7.8/1000. These figures are high and suggest a need for tighter controls over the qualifications and experience of doctors participating in a fully integrated system of obstetric care.