Tuesday, 18th December 2012
Commenting on the publication of the ‘Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14 document by the NHS Commissioning Board’, Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is another positive step from the Government toward delivering a better NHS. We particularly welcome the focus on outcomes and on patient experience. We are also supportive of the plans to start the Friends and Family Test for maternity services next year.
“The focus on increased information about the choices available is very welcome. However, that information will be meaningless unless commissioners ensure real choice is available. We know that, in relation to place of birth, too often this is not the case. What women should expect around choice in pregnancy and childbirth is set out in other recently published documents*.
“We believe that if statements in recent government pledges, in the Mandate and in this most recent document are all translated into reality on the ground we will see real improvements in the choices women can make regarding their maternity care.”
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Notes to editors
*See NHS Mandate at http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/11/nhs-mandate/ and the NHS Choice Framework at https://www.wp.dh.gov.uk/publications/files/2012/12/2012-13-Choice-Framework.pdf
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