Health: Maternity Services

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th December 2010.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey findings that one in five women in labour is left alone on NHS wards.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This survey published by the Care Quality Commission on 2 December 2010 found that 92 per cent of women rated their overall maternity care as good or better. Three-quarters (73 per cent) said that they "always had confidence and trust in the staff caring for them during labour and birth" and most women (78 per cent) said they were not left alone at a time when it worried them. Nevertheless, there is more to do and the survey results which are available at trust level will help trusts, midwives and doctors identify where improvements can be made.

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