| Latest Health News | Thursday May 3 2012 12:17
Changes in maternity care and doctor's attitudes may be behind a shortage of certified abortion consultants.
The Abortion Supervisory Committee has told Parliament today there is a consultant shortage and there are currently two medium sized cities where none are operating.
Committee Chairwoman Dame Linda Holloway says there's evidence many younger doctors aren't coming forward to do the work.
"Some of this is that I think doctors are a little bit reluctant to do this, to have their name on a list."
Dame Linda says the tradition of GPs providing obstetric services has been affected by the increasing role of lead maternity carers.
She says it means fewer GPs now provide obstetric care.