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New mothers at risk overnight

4th January 2011

Dr Tony Falconer, the UK's top maternity specialist, has said that pregnant women who give birth during the night have a higher chance of poor treatment.

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Dr Falconer informed The Guardian that the less experienced staff who worked at night time had more chance of making bad decisions than those who worked during the day.

He said that more experienced doctors should be put on night shifts to ensure better care and "fewer mishaps".

Dr Falconer is president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He told the newspaper that although the majority of night care was not unsafe, it was an issue of "huge concern".

He said: "I don't want to frighten people and say that the quality of care at 2am is appalling, but it's not the same level."

Dr Falconer said women were in more danger of poor care at night because trainee staff were more likely to be on call at that time.

He said: "Obstetric care isn't the same at 3am as it is at 3pm, and it should be. This is a matter of huge concern."

"Care overnight isn't as robust as it is at 9am or 2pm. It's not as good. At 2am, you do not have the same experience," he added.

 

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Article Information

Title: New mothers at risk overnight
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 17148
Date Added: 4th Jan 2011

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Nursing Times

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