Monday 19 May 2008
NHS South Central Vision Document given guarded welcome
Commenting on the release today of the South Central Strategic Health Authority Vision Document, Judy Slessar, South Central Regional Officer for the Royal College of Midwives, said: “I am glad to see that the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) acknowledges the impact of the increasing birth-rate and complexity of births on the quality of care that women and babies in the area receive. It is very welcome and encouraging that the Vision Document sets out steps to address these issues.
“However, I was surprised to see no explicit acknowledgement of the shortage of midwives in the area, that is evident because of the increased birth-rate and heavier workload for midwives.
“In the end, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The document sets out an inspiring vision for maternity services and I hope that it can be delivered.”
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Notes to editors
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) aims to promote and advance the profession of the midwife. The RCM represents over 95% of the UK's midwives and is one of the world's oldest and one of the largest midwifery organisations, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006. It is also a trade union. For more information visit the RCM website at www.rcm.org.uk.