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More attacks on handing maternity to GPs

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Doctors’ groups have joined midwives in opposing a government U-turn that would see control of maternity services handed to GPs, warning such a move would lead to a fragmented service and a potential postcode lottery.

Nursing Times last week revealed the Department of Health had decided maternity services should be commissioned locally, rather than by the national commissioning board.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists president Anthony Falconer said: “Local commissioning by GP consortia seriously risks creating a poorer quality service and a postcode lottery.”

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health president Terence Stephenson said his college was “dismayed by this U-turn”. He said: “The pathway for care for mothers and their babies should be seamless.”

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