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Rapid response to:


Maternal mortality in the UK and the need for obstetric physicians

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 09 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4993

Rapid Response:

Re:Maternal Mortality : the need for Obstetric Physicians?

The authors have played an important role in developing the skills of
all obstetricians in managing medical disorders in pregnancy. Whilst
obstetric physicians are undoubtedly major assets for units that have
them, there are other models that can work well. As well as ATSMS and
subspecialty training for obstericians in maternal medicine, many
hospitals provide a quality service by using obstetricians with broad
medical experience equivalent to MRCP and beyond prior to entering
obstetrics, who co-ordinate the care with other specialties to good
effect. The absence of a specific training program has not hampered any of
the authors from being obstetric physicians themselves, nor should it
anyone else.

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 October 2011
Tim Moriarty
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust