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Consultations

Consultations

The RCM regularly responds to consultations from the NHS, government and other organisations on issues that affect maternity services. Our responses aim to represent members' views and provide an expert midwifery perspective to influence decision makers.

Current consultations

The RCM is currently preparing a response to these consultations, and would welcome your input into what we say.

Key recommendations from the Freedom to Speak Up publication

Following the publication of Freedom to Speak Up, Sir Robert Francis’s report into creating an open and transparent reporting culture in NHS organisations, the Department of Health is consulting on implementing some of the key recommendations in the report. In particular the DH are inviting comments on the proposals for establishing  

i) ‘Freedom to Speak Up Guardians’ in every local NHS organisation who would act as an independent source of advice and support for any staff considering raising concerns 

ii) an Independent National Officer, located within CQC, who would provide national oversight and leadership on issues relating to raising concerns.

The RCM have prepared a briefing which summarises the recommendations that the DH are seeking views on. This can be downloaded here.

If you do want to contribute to the RCM's submission please email your comments to Sean.O'sullivan@rcm.org.uk by no later than 27th May 2015.