Increase in maternal deaths: DGS health director called to parliament

Graça Freitas, director general of Portugal’s DGS health authority, has been called to address a parliamentary commission over the consecutive increases in maternal deaths in Portugal since 2017. As reports recently explained, maternal mortality in Portugal at the highest level in 38 years. The Bloco de Esquerda party requested Ms Freitas’ presence “as a matter of urgency”. Also summoned is Diogo Ayres Campos, the president of the European association of perinatal medicine who told journalists recently that maternal care has deteriorated and needs to be “rethought”