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Maternity units to be put in league table

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All trusts are to be ranked on the quality of their maternity services, regulators have said.

The Healthcare Commission the ranking, according to a four-point scale from ‘excellent’ to ‘weak’, will be published early next year after a national review of trust services.

As part of this process, it has already surveyed 26,000 women on their experience of NHS maternity services – the results of which were published today.

The proportion of women surveyed who said their care was ‘excellent’,’very good’ or ‘good’ was 89% during pregnancy, 90% during labour and birth, and 80% after the birth.

Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker said: ‘Overall women are clearly positive about maternity services. But the results do highlight specific areas of concern and wide variations with issues including postnatal care, communication, food and cleanliness.’

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