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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 06 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2155

Unattended childbirth is still common: One in three women worldwide who give birth, or nearly 48 million a year, do so without a trained birth attendant present. As a result 1000 women and 2000 babies die each day from birth complications that could easily be prevented, says a new report from Save the Children.

GP consortiums now cover 90% of population: A fourth tranche of GPs in England have signed up to become pathfinders and take on commissioning, the Department of Health has said. This means that there are now 220 groups of GPs across England working as …

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