Pregnant women should have better access to expert care, says report

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists calls for 24-hour specialist access for women giving birth

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Women who give birth during the night are largely being seen by doctors in training, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

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Their new report is calling on the Government to increase the number of qualified obstetricians to deliver a 24-hour expert service to women giving birth, reports the BBC.

The RCOG says the increased cost could be balanced with the closure of some maternity units. The report says a more centralized care system would mean there wouldn’t need to be so many local units handling more complicated cases.

Baroness Julia Cumberlege said, “The way services are organised is no longer affordable or appropriate […] they should receive the same care if they need medical help at night or in the daytime.”

Vice-President for Education at the RCOG echoes her thoughts, adding, “For too long we have relied on our trainees. What we are proposing is an entirely new way of working that is fairer for all doctors and better for the women we serve.”

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said, “The RCOG is right to outline how we can continue to provide better and more personalised maternity care for women.”

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