Routine pregnancies do not need obstetrician care

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 22 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:845
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    Specialist participation in routine antenatal care should be reduced, says a report by the Audit Commission. Such a move would be popular with the public and save the NHS £10m ($16m).

    The commission's survey of 2376 women, 500 GPs, and visits to 13 NHS trusts highlighted large differences in the way maternity services are provided in England and Wales. For example, the number of antenatal check ups provided varied between seven and 13 and the rates of caesarean section from 11% to 18% of all deliveries.

    The report, First Class Delivery: Improving Maternity Services in England and Wales, found that some trusts …

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