PERFORMANCE: The Caesarean section rate at Western Sussex Hospitals was discussed at its latest board meeting in November.

Board papers note: “Performance was at amber status but was on track to be within the limit for the year-end. Each emergency Caesarean section was subject to a multidisciplinary root cause analysis.

“It had been confirmed that in all cases the Caesarean-section had been the most appropriate and safe mode of delivery for both the mother and the baby concerned.”

Additionally, the board discussed benchmarking in respect of Caesarean section rates, noting that the World Health Organization had set a target of 12 per cent.

“Western Sussex Hospitals had set itself a target of reducing the Caesarean section rate to 23 per cent by the end of 2012,” the papers note.