Maternity services have not improved quickly enough

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 6th July 2021

The Health and Social Care Committee has released a report, which states that there is a “culture of blame” in maternity services in England that prevent staff admitting mistakes and has led to lessons not being learned. The report found that maternity services have improved in recent years, but there is still work that needs to be done. This is highlighted by the number of reports in recent years of deaths of newborn babies in several UK hospitals. The Chair of an expert panel on the Committee said that the government’s overall progress on maternity services still “requires improvement”. We are saddened by the regularity of reports about newborn baby deaths and poor maternity care and hope that the efforts being made to improve maternity services will prevent unnecessary harm in the future.