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Pregnant women 'feel abandoned' by the NHS

Published on 05/08/2010
Women seeking medical treatment during pregnancy may be tempted to turn to private healthcare as it has been claimed they are being let down by the NHS.

A new report by the King's Fund has found that the role of GPs in the healthcare of pregnant women has become sidelined in recent years, meaning they often have to go to A&E if they fall ill, or in certain cases are unsure of who to turn to for treatment.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Nick Goodwin, director of the Fund's GP Inquiry, said care was increasingly being dealt with by specialists, which has resulted in a less "connected" service for women.

"As a result of that you get reports that some mothers feel a bit abandoned at the beginning of their pregnancy. Who is looking after them?" he told the news provider.

"More needs to be done to make sure that the whole person is treated."

Under the terms of the new GP contract introduced in 2004, GPs are no longer paid for each pregnant woman they look after, noted the report.

Furthermore, many GPs have opted out of providing out-of-hours care.

A survey by the magazine Pulse has revealed that only one in eight GPs plans to undertake out-of-hours care following encouragement by the government to do so.
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