|Health - Eighth Report|
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Terms of Reference
2. Disadvantaged groups and access
to maternity services: the current situation
What evidence is there that disadvantaged
groups do not have full access to maternity services?
What evidence is available and what are the
gaps in knowledge?
What can be learned from the Confidential
Enquiries into Maternal Deaths?
What is the Government doing to help disadvantaged
women gain access to maternity services?
What is the role of maternity services in
the context of the Government's Health Inequalities Strategy?
How will the Children's National Service
Framework address inequalities in access to maternity
3. What are the barriers to access
for disadvantaged women and their babies?
Minority Ethnic Groups
Refugees and asylum seekers
Those who do not speak English as their first
Those who live in poverty, and those who
Those from the travelling community
Those who live under threat of domestic violence
Those with severe mental health problems
Those with severe disabilities
4. How can barriers to access be overcome?
Assessing the needs of disadvantaged women
and their babies
Consultation at individual level
Consultation at community level
Training staff to provide appropriate care
Providing specialist services in hospital
and in the community
Good practice in provision of targeted services
Advocacy and interpreting services
Working with the voluntary sector
Working with other health and social services
Providing continuity of care
Continuity of carer
5. How can maternity services help
to reduce health inequalities?
A wider public health role for the maternity
Conclusions and recommendations
MINUTES OF EVIDENCE
Tuesday 13 May 2003
Tuesday 20 May 2003
List of written evidence
Reports from the Health Committee since 2001