Friday, 3 December 2010

Fears remain despite improvement in maternity services

Have a read of the report at

It tells that
Maternity services are gradually improving, but there are still some areas of concern, according to a survey of women.
The Care Quality Commission poll of over 25,000 found that 92% felt their care was excellent or good.
The poll also showed there was a lack of support over feeding, information on leaving hospitals and advice about how to get support for emotional problems.

CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower said the overall picture was "encouraging", but she urged NHS trusts to look at the areas they needed to improve.
The overall improvement has happened at a time when there is more pressure being put on maternity services.
The number of births has risen by a fifth in England over the last eight years to 670,000 a year.
The Royal College of Midwives believes another 3,000 midwives are needed to help the NHS cope, although the government rejects this because latest projections suggest the rise in births will tail off in the next few years.
Peter Walsh, chief executive of Action Against Medical Accidents, said while for most women giving birth was a happy experience, he was still concerned about the problems that had been identified.
He said the issues highlighted were "perfectly avoidable" and called for an increase in the number of midwives.
He added: "This report should be used as a springboard to tackle problems in one of the most important services the NHS provides."

Let's hope someone takes notice or we shall have more problems and avoidable deaths if not...

Elaine Hanzak

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