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Letters Ethnic disparities in maternal care

Hostile environment prevents women from accessing maternal care

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 12 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m968
  1. Rayah A Feldman, research and policy consultant1,
  2. Susan Bewley, emeritus professor (honorary) of obstetrics and women’s health2,
  3. Rosalind Bragg, director1,
  4. Miriam Beeks, general practice partner3
  1. 1Maternity Action, London EC1Y 8RT, UK
  2. 2King’s College London, London, UK
  3. 3Lower Clapton Group Practice, London, UK
  1. rayahfeldman{at}

Anekwe draws welcome attention to the large ethnic disparities in maternal care.1 Focus on racism in medicine alone, however, fails to acknowledge the effect on migrants of draconian NHS charging policies that might account for some of these disparities. The delayed MBRRACE-UK report on maternal deaths and morbidity in 2015-17 says that at least three women might have died after …

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