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Plans to improve maternity care

A report published by NHS England has called on staff in maternity units to learn from mistakes that have been identified by auditors, with a view to improving care provided in the units.  It was found that over 124 thousand reports of incidents in maternity units were submitted in 2015.  The figures reveal an average of around 340 mistakes were being made daily in maternity units.  These include incorrect epidurals being administered, foetal heartbeats not being monitored correctly or caesareans being carried out too late in cases of emergency deliveries.  It was found that 351 women experienced serious harm last year, and 151 women and newly born babies died on maternity wards.

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