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Increasingly complex births and tired staff threaten safety of maternity patients, King’s Fund finds

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 24 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3449
  1. Mark Pownall
  1. 1London

    Exhausted staff, lack of leadership, and an increasingly complex case mix are jeopardising the safety of maternity patients, claims a new report from the health think tank the King’s Fund.

    Its report is the result of a series of regional meetings held across England of obstetricians, midwives, and risk managers, who have echoed concerns raised in a previous King’s Fund report, Safe Birth: Everybody’s Business, and a 2007 survey by the healthcare services watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, now the Care Quality Commission.

    Widespread difficulty in recruiting and retaining midwives with more than a couple of years of …

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