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Three Italian hospitals where women died in labour are criticised in report

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 14 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i253
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Rome

The effect of the funding crisis on hospital services, and on obstetrics in particular, is in the spotlight in Italy, after a series of deaths during labour has resulted in government inspectors declaring major deficiencies in three hospitals.

Three of four hospitals where four women died in childbirth in December had “critical” problems in terms of their management, clinical standards, and emergency care, a health ministry taskforce said in a preliminary report this week.

Hospitals in Brescia, in Lombardy, and in Bassano Del Grappa and San Bonifacio, in Veneto, were found lacking. Turin’s Sant’Anna Hospital, which is considered to have one of Italy’s top obstetrics and gynaecology departments, was not censured by the taskforce, however.

In one of the …

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