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Women who miscarry are frequently "lumped onto a general surgical ward" because cuts in Gynaecology mean specialist wards are closing, a leading doctor told Good Morning Britain.
Obstetrician and gynaecologist Professor Ellis Downes said accessing services were exacerbating an already traumatic experience for women, who were rarely given the emotional support they needed by staff.
Women who miscarry need "kind, compassionate and empathetic communication" from the doctors and nurses looking after them, the head of the Royal College of Midwives has said.
Chief executive Cathy Warwick was speaking after it emerged almost half of women who suffer a miscarriage have to wait 24 hours for a scan to see if their baby is still alive.
- Some 56% of women who had gone through a miscarriage wanted further medical care, according to figures from Mumsnet.
- However, only 26% were offered it.
- Of women who miscarried at home following a scan, 15% felt they had the right support, information and pain relief to manage.
- Most would-be mums did not talk about their miscarriage - only 23% told their friends about their care.
- Only 13% spoke of their experience to wider family.
Almost half of women who suffer a miscarriage have to wait 24 hours for a scan to see if their baby is still alive, according to data from Mumsnet.
The parenting website said the slow response from healthcare staff showed a lack of "human kindness" and wants all political parties to address it in their 2015 manifesto.
The survey of 1,065 women who had miscarried found 46% of them had to wait over 24 hours for a scan to determine if their baby was still alive, with 18% waiting longer than three days.
It found 47% of the women were treated alongside women with ongoing pregnancies, and 58% of women wanted counselling, but only 12% were offered it.