Isn't the basic problem the fact that the tarrif paid for maternity services doesn't cover the costs, so hospitals lose money for providing services. If hospitals want to allocate adequate resources to maternity it means money has to be taken from other departments to subsidise them. I understand that negotiations to improve the amount paid have been going on with DH for some time. Doesn't this need to be sorted out urgently to protect mothers and babies.
Good Practices should be shared to improve services for people's safety, and national Health & Well-being
Very concerning that the standard of maternity care can vary so much between hospitals and even within hospitals with night care being 'riskier' than day time care. I understand evidence is being collected to understand the true cost of providing safe maternity care 24/7. It may be that the answer lies with fewer but larger maternity centres