Low priority for maternity services blamed for deaths

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1454
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Maternity services at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, where three babies died unexpectedly in the space of two months, had such a low priority among senior management that they have been described as “invisible” by an independent review.

    The Healthcare Commission (also called the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection) found that although prenatal mortality at New Cross Hospital was no higher than at hospitals serving similar populations in other parts of the country, two …

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