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Maternal deaths from haemorrhage double in UK

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 15 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:156
  1. L Dillner

    Maternal deaths due to haemorrhage have doubled in the United Kingdom since the last report from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths, which covered 1985-7. The inquiry's latest report, covering 1988-90, also shows that deaths from sepsis have nearly doubled.

    “Many of the overall favourable trends seen in previous reports have not been maintained,” says the report, published by the government. “There is a need for critical reappraisal of the administration and delivery of maternity care.”

    The assessors for the inquiry - one in obstetrics, anaesthetics, and pathology from each health region - found evidence of substandard care in almost half of all the cases of maternal death. The report draws attention to the “significant number of cases where major problems were handled by junior doctors, a recurring theme of recent reports.”

    The inquiry found that 238 women died during pregnancy …

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