The Best Start - caesarean section rates: review report

This report provides information about the rising caesarean section rate in Scotland and explores the factors contributing to this by exploring the published data and evidence within Scotland, across the UK and wider where applicable.


a. For the purposes of this report, North Scotland includes NHS Western Isles, NHS Shetland, NHS Orkney, NHS Highland, NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside. West Scotland includes NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Dumfries & Galloway. East Scotland includes NHS Lothian, NHS Borders, NHS Forth Valley and NHS Fife.

c. On 10 December 2020 the Ockenden Review was published which set out its findings further to an independent review of maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust. The review was formally authorised in 2017 to assess "the quality of investigations relating to new-born, infant and maternal harm at the Trust".



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