There is a growing countrywide trend of obstetricians ditching the child delivery profession.
Many obstetricians are quitting private practice or opting to become gynecologists alone.
Why is this?
Healthcare consultant Dr Brian Ruff explains that the high cost of indemnity cover and lack of networked support are the biggest contributing factors.
Dr Ruff says obstetricians in the private healthcare system work independently (as opposed to in a team), placing a lot of pressure on the individual.
The growing burden on indemnity coverage and risk of being sued for medical negligence also make matters worse.
The average obstetricians must deliver something like 70 babies a month before they've covered the premium or start making money for themselves.— Dr Brian Ruff, CEO at PPO Serve
He talks about the pressures faced by obstetricians in the private sector and potential solutions.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why obstetricians are leaving their profession