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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 04 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b451

Preterm deliveries banned from private hospitals in Portugal: Ana Jorge, the Portuguese health minister, has announced that the government intends to restrict premature deliveries to public maternity hospitals. She claims that it is only possible to achieve safety levels in institutions that perform between 70 and 80 preterm deliveries a year, which is beyond the reach of private institutions.

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