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GPs to have more involvement in maternity care

4th August 2010

Experts have warned that pregnant women are not being given thorough care due to not enough involvement by GPs.

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The King's Fund said the role of the family doctor in aiding women during their pregnancies had "all but disappeared". 

It said that GPs should be paid incentives to have more involvement with women during all stages of their pregnancies.

The King's Fund has compiled a report into GP care and found that while women would visit their GP in order to confirm a pregnancy, they had "very limited" contact with them after that visit.

Researchers said that GPs could play a far greater role in helping women before they conceived and offering them tests and advice in the early part of pregnancy.

Dr Laurence Buckman of the British Medical Association said GPs would like to have more involvement in maternity care.

However he added: "There has been a succession of health policy changes in recent years, which have led to the wider primary care team becoming increasingly fragmented."

"Many GPs have watched with growing concern as long-established and valued midwife colleagues have been withdrawn from practice teams and continuity of care for pregnant women has been lost."

 

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Article Information

Title: GPs to have more involvement in maternity care
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15703
Date Added: 4th Aug 2010

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