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GP hits back at MPs over home births

Dr Gavin Young has disputed a claim by MPs that GPs' prejudices are preventing women from having home births.

Dr Young, who says he has a 'liberal attitude' to home birth, said: 'There is a significant minority of GPs who want to be involved and they should be encouraged.'

Dr Young, a GP in Temple Sowerby, Cumbria, said the 'bigotry' of doctors in the 1950s and 1960s blew the chance to prove whether home birth or hospital care was better. His comments came in response to a Commons health select committee report, published last week, which criticised GPs for limiting women's options for maternity care.

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