Size a factor in maternity ward complaints

Smaller is not better when it comes to maternity wards, according to study results that for the first time link mother and child safety with maternity ward size.

he study, carried out by Copenhagen hospital Rigshopitalet and the patient insurance organisation Patientforsikringen, which rules in complaints of health service malpractice, found that half of complaints lodged against wards with under 1,000 births a year were upheld.

Larger wards, with up to 3,000 births a year, had one of three complaints against them upheld. 


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