Monday, 28 April 2014

NHS understaffing may have effect on baby mortality rate, says top doctor

NHS understaffing may have effect on baby mortality rate, says top doctor 'Legitimate to ask' whether number of staff is contributing to death of 300 babies a year, says Dr David Richmond

Britain's leading obstetrician says it is legitimate to ask whether understaffing of maternity care and labour wards is contributing to Britain's stubbornly high rates of baby death and brain damage.

Dr David Richmond, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has voiced alarm that nearly 300 babies a year are dying during or soon after birth with a further 1,200 ending up with brain damage or other serious health problems.Continue reading... The Guardian

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