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Pregnant migrant women could ‘fall through the cracks’ says RCM on report on charging for treatment

30 March, 2015

Pregnant migrant women could ‘fall through the cracks’ says RCM on report on charging for treatment

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Doctors of the World have published a report ‘Experiences of Pregnant Migrant Women receiving Ante/Peri and Postnatal Care in the UK’.

 

Commenting on the report, Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “We have real concerns that the aggressive pursuit of charging migrant women for medical care may deter them from accessing maternity care.  I fear that these women could fall through the cracks and only find their way into the health system when it is too late - if at all.

“Women from these groups are often already in poorer health, have poor pregnancy outcomes and these steps could have negative consequences for their health

“Our view is very clear: Midwives should not act as gatekeepers to the maternity services. They owe a duty of care to all pregnant women who seek care from them and, they should provide care to all pregnant women irrespective of the woman’s ability to pay.

“We urge service providers to exercise compassion and sensitivity when dealing with migrant women, especially when they have suffered the tragic loss of their baby.

For further information please contact the RCM Press Office on 020 7312 3456, pressofficer@rcm.org.uk

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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/.

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