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Soaring Caesarean Rate In Far North Exposes Maternity Failings, Says MSP Edward Mountain

7th February 2024

The number of women having caesarean births in the far north has rocketed in the past five years as maternity services have been cut, says Highlands and Islands MSP Edward Mountain.

New figures have shown 43.4 per cent of Highland births in 2022/23 were caesareans, compared to 33.4 per cent in 2017/18.

And while the national average itself is on the rise, the hike in the north of Scotland is significantly above average and the state of maternity services across the region has been criticised.

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