Oral Answers to Questions — Maternal Mortality (Inquests).

– in the House of Commons on 21st May 1935.

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Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham


asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the suggestion made at the annual meeting of the Carlisle and District Nursing Association, to which his attention has been drawn, that inquests should be held on every maternal death in order to draw public attention to the many avoidable causes of these fatalities; and whether he will state what action he proposes to take in the matter?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Shakespeare Mr Geoffrey Shakespeare , Norwich

This suggestion was considered by the Departmental Committee on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, who did not advocate its adoption (Final Report., pages 26–27). The committee advised that local authorities should be urged to continue the arrangements by which Medical Officers of Health make inquiries into maternal deaths and furnish confidential reports to the Chief Medical Officer of my Department. My right hon. Friend has taken action accordingly.