An avalanche of apple pie: too many guidelines?BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1208 (Published 03 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1208
- James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
A colleague recently calculated that, as lead for obstetrics in his hospital, he had received 3825 pages of advice, guidelines, and reports about maternity care from various bodies. I should point out, in case anyone from top management is listening, that “recently” means a year or two ago. Rest assured that he is on target, and his total must be well over 5000 by now.
I was reminded of this last month at a meeting where a midwife’s presentation …