n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - The value of confidential enquiries : opinion

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Any report or scientific study can do nothing by itself. It is a tool to be used by those who have a specific end in view. When it comes to maternal mortality, we all share the same overall aim - to make pregnancy safer - but the task for each of us is to focus on what we can do as individuals. Every confidential enquiry report contains a wide (perhaps too wide) range of recommendations, and all too often the reader nods in agreement with those directed at other people and skips past those that apply nearer home. Civil servants wait for action from clinicians, while clinicians expect leadership from politicians and managers.

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