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January 2021

Maternity staffing standards

Gill Adgie from the Royal College of Midwives  spoke about how Trusts could and should use the Birth Rate Plus Assessment to make sure they have the correct midwifery staffing levels. And Jo Mountfield from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  said that with the correct  funding the professions could lead the work that was needed to come up with a safety standard for medical  staffing that took into account the complexity as well as volume of births..

January 2021

Training 

Sara Ledger from Baby Lifeline made a strong case for the need for further investment maternity safety in training and to ensure that all staff get time as well as funding for that training. 

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January 2021

Regulators on Maternity Safety 

On Tuesday 19th January the Health Select Committee heard from both the Andrea Sutcliffe , CEO of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Charlie Massey CEO of the General Medical Council  both about their efforts to reduce the fear of speaking out felt by many doctors, nurses and midwives and the importance of eliminating a blame culture. Andrea  Sutcliffe  spoke about the adversarial nature of our current system and Charlie Massey  on the lessons learned from the Bawa-Garba case. Andrea spoke about the  Future Midwife Standards and the way forward for the Midwifery profession.

January 2021

The High Court  permits an appeal by the UK  gender identity service

NHS trust has been allowed to appeal against a high court decision that barred it from referring under-16s for puberty-blocking treatment. 

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January 2021

Covid-related deaths in care homes in England jump by 46%

Deaths in care homes in England have hit the highest level since mid-May, according to the latest official figures, which revealed a 46% jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the last week as the more transmissible variant of Covid-19 causes very concerning issues in care homes. 

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January 2021

NHS CEO Sir Simon Stevens pays tribute to staff

Chief executive of NHS England marked the anniversary of the first confirmed coronavirus patients being treated by paying tribute to his staff’s “extraordinary work in a year like no other”. Sir Simon Stevens said: “The pandemic is the greatest public health emergency in NHS history, but in the past 12 months the NHS has achieved things many would have thought impossible.”

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January 2021

Bullying on NHS maternity units and poor training a risk to safety, Select Committee told by regulators

Doctors and midwives working in maternity services face worse levels of bullying than any other part of the NHS, MPs on the Select Committee have been told. 

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January 2021

‘I have never seen so many nurses cry during shifts’ – the mental health of NHS workers is  a significant concern

NHS staff are physically and emotionally exhausted. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a system affected by staff shortages and inadequate funding – a system that has  relied on goodwill for many years. 

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January 2021

Pregnant women going for scans alone in Covid 19 pandemic are told they cannot film baby 

Pregnant women attending scans and appointments alone are being told they cannot record or take photographs of their unborn child to show their partner, according to a survey. 

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January 2021

Maternity staff face burnout amid staff  shortages

Maternity staff are facing extreme burnout during the pandemic as staff shortages and longer, shift patterns lead to the workforce becoming increasingly overwhelmed. The warnings come as a report by Make Birth Better, shared exclusively with the Independent, found many healthcare staff report having received no emotional support at all. 

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