Netherlands drops plans to deliver acute obstetric care in 15 minutes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 23 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2302
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

A key recommendation for improving the Netherlands’ comparatively poor record on perinatal mortality, guaranteeing acute obstetric care within 15 minutes, has been dropped. Health minister Edith Schippers reported to the Dutch parliament that the proposed childbirth standards were “not attainable in the short term.”

But the professional body for obstetrics and gynaecology disagrees, arguing for a decision now on how to reduce the waiting time for acute care.

In 2010 a report by the steering group on pregnancy and birth, “A Good Beginning” (Een Goed Begin), proposed that acute obstetric care should be available around the clock, seven days a week, within 15 minutes …

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