Call for probe over Europe C-section rates

Wide variations in the rate of caesarean sections carried out in Europe have raised concerns about whether women are benefiting from best practice.

A new study published by the journal BJOG has found around a quarter of births in the UK are by C-section, compared to a low of 14.8% in Iceland and a high of about 52% in Cyprus.

Authors of the study, led by academics at City University London, say it highlights a clear "lack of consensus about best practice" between countries of the EU, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.

It urges further investigation, suggesting professionals'