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Adverse outcomes of labour in public and private hospitals in Australia

Nick Evans, Girvan Malcolm and Adrienne Gordon
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (10): 578-580.
Published online: 16 November 2009

To the Editor: Of the many problems with the study by Robson and colleagues,1 the one that concerns us most is the outcome of perinatal death. The headline that this is twice as high in public hospitals has the potential to scare those who have no choice about where they give birth. Both the public and the medical community have a right to expect that this outcome is rigorously and accurately represented. We do not believe this to be the case.

  • Nick Evans
  • Girvan Malcolm
  • Adrienne Gordon

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: nevans@med.usyd.edu.au

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