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18 July, 2017

A report on the training needs of the maternity workforce related to tackling smoking in pregnancy has been published today by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). The report provides an analysis of the training that midwives and obstetricians receive to address smoking in pregnant women, and what further training is needed.

12 July, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today launched its ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign. This calls on the Government to end pay restraint in the NHS and commit to fully fund a pay rise for midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff. The launch comes as the RCM’s Activists Conference takes place in Bristol today (Thursday, 13th July 2017).

12 July, 2017

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today launched its ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign. This calls on the Government to end pay restraint in the NHS and commit to fully fund a pay rise for midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff. The launch comes as the RCM’s Activists Conference takes place in Bristol today (Thursday, 13th July 2017).

12 July, 2017

Research by the Scottish Conservatives published today shows that bonuses were paid to thousands of leading NHS consultants last year, averaging more than £15,000 per head. The statistics – obtained through Freedom of Information – show £43,038,750 was paid to 2858 recipients in the last 12 months.

7 July, 2017

‘The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) was advised yesterday by concerned RCM midwife members from the Dr Gray’s unit on the proposed changes to maternity services in the Moray area.

7 July, 2017

Today Cardiff University has published research which found that peer support for breastfeeding mothers is not available in many areas of the UK. Peer support was only available in 56% of NHS Trust/NHS Health Board areas. The research is published in the journal Maternal and Child Nutrition. Commenting on the research Sarah Fox, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The UK still lags often significantly behind many other European countries on breastfeeding rates. This is not good enough.

4 July, 2017

Today (Tuesday July 4th) The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has joined other NHS trade unions to discuss the public sector pay crisis.

The RCM along with many other unions have voiced serious concerns about the Government’s failure to confirm that it will allow the Pay Review Body (PRB) without interference to fully fund the recommendations.

All NHS unions have agreed that another year of pay restraint for midwives and all other healthcare professionals is unfair and will cause lasting damage to the NHS workforce and the patients they care for.

4 July, 2017

Today NHS Digital has published statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England. The report ‘Female Genital Mutilation Annual Report 2016/17’ covers the year from April 2016 to March 2017.

30 June, 2017

 

Figures published today (Monday, 3rd July 2017) by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show an increase in the numbers of midwives and nurses leaving the NMC’s register.  At the same time, the numbers joining the register have slowed down resulting in an overall reduction in the numbers of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK.

 

30 June, 2017

 

The Government has just announced that it will now fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland coming to have them in England. Abortion is only legal in very narrowly defined circumstances in Northern Ireland.

Commenting, Breedagh Hughes The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for Northern Ireland says; “The RCM is very pleased with this announcement and looks forward to seeing the details of this crucial agreement.

“This is a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland. We already know that women in Northern Ireland are purchasing abortion pills illegally  online as many cannot afford to travel to the UK to receive the  medical treatment they need.

“This commitment will not only go towards elevating some of the costs involved, but will most importantly offer women an avenue to accessing crucial healthcare and hopefully help them during what can be an extremely destressing time.

In the absence of a functioning legislative Assembly in Northern Ireland, this is a very welcome intervention from the Westminster government which acknowledges the difficulties for women From Northern Ireland in accessing safe, legal abortions.”

30 June, 2017

 

The Government has just announced that it will now fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland coming to have them in England. Abortion is only legal in very narrowly defined circumstances in Northern Ireland.

Commenting, Breedagh Hughes The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for Northern Ireland says; “The RCM is very pleased with this announcement and looks forward to seeing the details of this crucial agreement.

“This is a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland. We already know that women in Northern Ireland are purchasing abortion pills illegally  online as many cannot afford to travel to the UK to receive the  medical treatment they need.

“This commitment will not only go towards elevating some of the costs involved, but will most importantly offer women an avenue to accessing crucial healthcare and hopefully help them during what can be an extremely destressing time.

In the absence of a functioning legislative Assembly in Northern Ireland, this is a very welcome intervention from the Westminster government which acknowledges the difficulties for women From Northern Ireland in accessing safe, legal abortions.”

30 June, 2017

In the Scottish parliament yesterday the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, said the Scottish Government ‘has committed to lifting the pay cap’ for public sector workers. Commenting on the statement, Mary Ross-Davie, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for Scotland, said: “This is a move that we applaud, and will be very good news for our hard-pressed and hard working midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff.

29 June, 2017

 

Today (Thursday June 29th) the UK’s Chief Medical Officers  for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have released new advice on physical activity for expectant mothers.

The new recommendations aim to reduce issues such as obesity, diabetes and other health concerns during pregnancy. The latest evidence suggests pregnant women should carry out around 150 minutes of 'moderate intensity' activity every week.

The new advice is being issued in the form of an infographic* and has also been aimed at providing midwives, nurses, GPs, obstetricians, gynaecologists with the latest evidence on physical activity during pregnancy.

29 June, 2017

The Scottish Government has published its National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan. Commenting on the plan, Mary Ross-Davie, Director for Scotland at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is a welcome announcement that clearly recognises warnings from the RCM about our ageing midwifery workforce and the need to ensure those that will retire are replaced.*

28 June, 2017

 

Tonight the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will host it’s Annual Dilemma Debate. This years debate is entitled; Equality for all choice for some? Are pressures on healthcare exacerbating the inverse care law?

The debate is set to be a lively and informative discussion  on the relationship between choice of maternity care and social class. At this debate a panel of experts, practitioners and opinion formers will consider whether current pressures on the NHS are eroding the ideal of choice and personalised care for all.

Choice is presented as a universal right, but is the reality that only those with the sharpest elbows and loudest voices able to exercise choice and control over their care? With the emergence of personal maternity budgets, will it be possible to give more women choice or will this simply entrench existing privileges?

The debate will be chaired by journalist Susan Bookbinder and other panellists include;

  • Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE -Head of Maternity, Children & Young People, NHS England.
  • Catherine McLennan - Programme Director, Maternity and Gynaecology, Cheshire and Merseyside Women's and Children's Partnership.
  • Rebecca Schiller - Chief Executive, Birthrights.
  • Zoe Williams - Journalist, The Guardian.

 


 

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