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The NHS’s maternity care has always been a mess

14 May 2024

6:10 AM

14 May 2024

6:10 AM

The latest report on maternity care in the UK hasn’t told us anything new. The headline finding of the parliamentary inquiry into birth trauma is that poor care is ‘all-too frequently tolerated as normal’, with women’s concerns and requests for pain relief being dismissed, poor postnatal care where women who couldn’t move after surgery were berated by midwives for having soiled themselves or for asking for help, and a failure of hospitals to deal sensitively with complaints about poor care.

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