The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published a report todays urging the closure of small maternity units and give thousands of doctors new training to make childbirth safer.
The report goes on to say that the NHS maternity system is unsustainable, and too often provides poor care at night as it is propped up by junior doctors. And that services need to be merged into ‘super-units’ that can provide specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Radical reform is needed of doctors’ training to create a more flexible workforce.
Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors back the report and its recommendations to highlight the need for more specialist care and round the clock availability.
Babies born ‘out of hours’ are a third more likely to die than those born during the working week, a recent study found, and that harm was most common between midnight and 4 am.
In London, the patient deaths from strokes halved after services were merged from 32 hospitals into 8 specialised units.
There will be reservations over the increased distance for some expectant mothers to travel to centralised centres to give birth, but the RCOG want to see the availability for women to see specialists outside hospital more easily to solve problems in good time before the birth is imminent.
Staff teams need to be organised to make this possible.
When facing NHS cuts and failing maternity systems at current, recognising the need for the NHS to provide a round the clock service, and recognising women’s rights to have the same level of care whether they give birth a 3 pm or 3am means that service delivery needs to change.
As always, patient safety must remain paramount - The doctors have provided the evidence and now the government has to make the difficult decision.
Maternity negligence can be traumatic and life changing.
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