Maternity Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1976.

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Photo of Dr David Owen Dr David Owen , Plymouth, Devonport 12:00 am, 27th April 1976

I think that it is one of the areas of inefficiency in the health service. Attention was drawn to this in the consultative document. There is room for sensible economies. Some increases in technology have taken place, particularly in trying to reduce perinatal mortality and to improve the care of children born rather sick. But in the main the hon. Gentleman is right. Bed occupancy fell from 72 per cent. to 65 per cent. during that period.