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 Mr John Ovenden Mr John Ovenden , Gravesend 12:00 am, 27th April 1976

Is not some of the increase in cost due to the higher incidence of induced births, many of which are done not because of the wish of the mother, or for medical reasons, but solely for the convenience of the obstetricians concerned? Could that be contributing in some way to the extra costs per birth?