A new report published by Caesarean Birth shows that 56% of NHS Trusts set target rates for how women give birth, and 47% set specific target rates for caesarean birth.
Over two years, author and journalist Pauline Hull reviewed 312 Care Quality Commission (CQC) maternity inspections of 130 NHS Trusts, and while the report itself makes for a sobering read, it is tempered somewhat by the statement received from the CQC today.
Health Editor of The Times, Chris Smyth, has covered the report and CQC response here:
(September 8) Natural-birth targets ‘put lives of mothers at risk’
(September 11) Hospital inspectors ordered to stop criticising caesarean rates