RCM Statement on One to One going into administration
on 30 July 2019 Midwifery
Royal College of Midwives Statement in response to One to One midwifery services going into administration
‘This will be sad news for the women using the midwifery services of One to One in Cheshire and Essex.
‘Services such as these provide continuity of carer. This is the woman seeing the same midwife or small group of midwives throughout her care. This is a key plank of the Government’s maternity plans so it is very disappointing to see a service that provides this type of care cease trading.
‘That said NHS maternity services across the UK have begun to introduce continuity of carer and the RCM is working with our members and the NHS to deliver continuity of carer to women.
‘It must be an absolute priority now to ensure that new arrangements are made very quickly for the women using the services of One to One and that the choices open to them are discussed with them. Everything must be done to ensure the seamless continuation of safe and high quality maternity care for women and their babies.
‘What is imperative now is that midwives working for One to One are supported through this. The RCM will be supporting and advising any affected RCM members on their employment rights and seeking to ensure all who wish to work in the NHS gain future employment.
Notes to editors
The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/