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July 2021

The RCN said the Government has  failed to act on more than 20 key workforce warnings. 

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July 2021

MAMA Academy launched their ‘Carry Their Names 2021’ Campaign on the 16th July to raise awareness of baby loss and funds to support more babies arriving safely in the UK. 

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July 2021

Donna Ockenden to join a virtual Panel discussion hosted by The Independent newspaper to discuss maternity services across the NHS. 

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July 2021

Proposed Nice guidelines for England, Wales and Northern Ireland condemned as racist. 

Doctors and midwives raise concerns regarding draft Nice guidelines to induce minority ethnic pregnancies earlier.

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July 2021

A survey found that 40% of pregnant women have not had a single dose of Covid vaccine. 

Pregnant women in the UK are hesitant to get Covid vaccine due to mixed messages from health professionals. 

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July 2021

NMC response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on the Safety of Maternity Services in England

On Tuesday 6 July, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published their response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on the Safety of Maternity Services in England. You can view the Committee’s report here

The Health and Social Care Committee’s report outlines that whilst the NHS offers some of the safest maternal and neonatal outcomes in the world, there remains worrying variation in the quality of maternity care which means that the safe delivery of a healthy baby is not experienced by all mothers. 

Since shocking failures were uncovered at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust there has been a concerted effort to improve the safety of maternity services in England. However, major concerns have since been raised at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. There can be no complacency when it comes to improving the safety of maternity services and it is imperative that lessons are learnt from patient safety incidents. 

The report addresses the following issues related to maternity safety in England: 

·         Supporting maternity services and staff to deliver safe maternity care 

·         Learning from patient safety incidents 

·         Providing safe and personalised care for all mothers and babies

The key points of the NMC response are:

The impact of poor maternity care on women and their families can be devastating. But such dreadful experiences are not inevitable. As the Committee highlights, all of us working in maternity services need to focus on delivering positive and sustainable improvements necessary to deliver safe, kind and effective care every time.

As the professional regulator for key members of the maternity multi-disciplinary team, the NMC has an important role to play, particularly in supporting the implementation of our Future Midwife standards in midwifery education and practice.

We welcome the Committee’s recommendation that we should focus on helping to end the blame culture. We will always act to protect the public where necessary, but professionals must feel confident about speaking up when mistakes happen so they don’t happen again. Our new approach to fitness to practise and the promise of regulatory reform mean we can do just that.

The families whose cherished dreams have been shattered and maternity services staff who want to provide great care deserve nothing less.

July 2021

The Health and Social Care Committee commissioned an expert panel to evaluate maternity services.

Health and Social Care Committee chair and former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said failings in maternity services can have a devastating outcome for the families involved.

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July 2021

Former midwife from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust elected as president of Royal College of Midwives. 

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July 2021

£2.45million to prevent babies from dying or suffering catastrophic brain injuries. 

Minister Nadine Dorries MP announces a new programme supported with nearly £2.5 milion for Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to find the best ways of spotting early warning signs of infants in distress.

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July 2021

Jeremy Hunt calls for independent inquiry into maternity failures at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. 

Former health secretary says maternity culture failing to improve needs to be examined.

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July 2021

Nottingham trust may face criminal prosecution following baby death in September 2019.

Care Quality Commission may bring a criminal case against Nottingham trust following baby death in September 2019. 

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June 2021

Plans are announced  for £52 million investment for all women and relevant clinicians to have access to their maternity notes through a smartphone or other device by 2023-24. 

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