The government’s Health and Social Care Committee has today published its report into the quality of maternity services in England.

Addressing issues of staffing, patient safety and personalised care for all mothers and babies, the report has identified what it describes as ‘worrying variation in the quality of maternity care which means that the safe delivery of a healthy baby is not experienced by all mothers.’

The inquiry has found evidence of a ‘blame culture’ where lessons are not learned. The report also identified concerns around staff shortages and highlights the need to provide women with ‘a safe, healthy, positive experience of birth’.

The review was prompted by the uncovering of serious and wide-ranging failings in maternity care in several hospitals across England, most notably at Morecambe Bay and Shrewsbury and Telford.

The government has recently announced new additional funding to support maternity care, aimed at improving the safety of women and babies. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is being provided with approximately £2 million to carry out an ‘ABC’ review (Avoiding Brain Injuries in Childbirth).

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