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Maternity unit is criticised again for high mortality

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:464
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The Healthcare Commission has called on NHS trusts in England and Wales to ensure adequate monitoring of clinical incidents in maternity wards, after its review of excess deaths of women at Northwick Park Hospital, London.

    Ten women died during pregnancy or within six weeks of delivery at the hospital between April 2002 and April 2005—a toll far above the 2002 average national mortality of 11.4 deaths per 100 000 maternities. Most of the women died from complications of eclampsia or from intra-abdominal bleeding.

    This is the second time that the Healthcare Commission has reviewed maternity services at Northwick Park. It investigated the unit last year, …

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