Doctor's warning over maternity treatment26th May 2009
A doctor has said that babies at Wales' biggest maternity hospitals could be put in danger because there are not enough staff available.
The doctor, who wants to remain anonymous, told the BBC that the most worrying aspect was in "high-risk pregnancies" at bigger hospital units.
"It doesn't happen very often, because the still birth rate is extremely low, but there are a number of babies that are ill and some babies that are lost every year in south Wales that different management would have resulted in a better outcome," the doctor said.
He said a particular problem was when a pregnancy had gone past its due date by 12 to 14 days.
The doctor warned that sometimes due to a lack of available staff, inducted deliveries were postponed and babies had died as a result.
"But it's just very, very hard to watch and see a baby that has been lost that could have been saved - and sometimes saved by something as simple as delivering that baby a little bit earlier," he added.
The doctor called for a review of maternity care across Wales.
However, Rosemary Kennedy, chief nursing officer for Wales said maternity services were safe and added: "Now, in terms of safety we have Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, which is our independent arms length body, which will look at all concerns which are raised."
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Title: Doctor's warning over maternity treatment
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 11502
Date Added: 26th May 2009