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GP antenatal checks to be handed to midwives

By Steve Nowottny

The Scottish Government has drawn up plans to pass responsibility for routine antenatal care from GPs to midwives, it emerged this week.

Under the Keeping Childbirth Natural and Dynamic Strategy, pregnant women will from the end of this year be given antenatal appointments with a midwife rather than their GP unless the women voices a specific objection or has related health problems such as obesity or diabetes.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said the strategy was intended to ensure giving birth was ‘as natural an experience as is safely possible', and said midwives already lead on antenatal care in many health board areas.

But Dr Dean Marshall, chair of the Scottish GPC, said: ‘It's really cutting GPs out of the process.'

‘Looking after pregnant women allows you to be build a relationship with them, as a GP and the person who's going to be looking after them and their child for the rest of their time.'

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