15 November 2012: Review of Maternity Services at Counties Manukau

After an extensive review led by Dr Ron Paterson, former Health & Disability Commissioner, the final report has now been released.

It can be viewed on the CMDHB website at:

www.cmdhb.org.nz/News_Publications/default.htm

It is certainly a very comprehensive report and there are many recommendations.

We strongly agree with most of the recommendations, especially those relating to the need to support and expand the number of LMCs working in Counties Manukau and the need to ensure that any doctors providing primary maternity care under the “Shared care” model are appropriately qualified.

We strongly disagree with the recommendation that the DHB expand its team of employed case loading midwives as that will disincentivise LMC midwives.