RCM welcomes Scottish pandemic public inquiry

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The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has welcomed today’s announcement by the Scottish Government of a judge-led public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gill Adgie, Interim Director for Scotland at the RCM, said:

“Throughout this pandemic, maternity services have remained open across Scotland, supporting women and families during confusing and troubling times. Learning the lessons of delivering services – and, most importantly, delivering care – under such extreme pressure isn’t just about what has gone wrong. We know that many maternity services have innovated to make sure the women in their care continue to receive the support they need. We must ensure that we capture this and apply it in practice outside the pandemic too.”

The RCM will reflect its members’ experience in its submission to the inquiry.


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Notes to editor

  1. The Scottish Government announced its intention to hold a public inquiry into its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic on 24 August 2021. It will be led by a yet-to-be-appointed judge.
  2. Particular consideration will be given to the "four harms" of the pandemic:
  • Direct health impacts of Covid-19, including cases and deaths in care homes
  • Other non-Covid health impacts
  • Societal impacts, including education
  • Economic impacts 

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