The RCM regularly responds to consultations from the NHS, governments 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.
Below are some of the consultations affecting maternity services, midwives, maternity support workers, pregnant women and new mums across the UK. We encourage you to also have your say.
The Law Commission is consulting on the law around surrogacy, which will effect all nations of the UK. In particular, they want to create a new pathway to legal parenthood in surrogacy, which will allow intended parents to be legal parents from birth. They are also proposing a new national surrogacy register to hold information about the surrogate, the intended parents and any sperm or egg donors, and a new pathway to safeguard the interests of all participants in a surrogacy arrangement. Legislation around surrogacy dates from 1985 and technology and social attitudes have changed much since then; there have been loud calls for reform of the law for many years and many organisations and legal experts have welcomed these proposals.
You can read about the Law Commission’s work, read the consultation paper and respond on the Law Commission website
The Law Commission is also holding a number of free-to-attend stakeholder events:
- Wednesday 17 July – Manchester (16.30)
- Friday 19 July – Exeter (09.30)
- Monday 22 July – Brighton (16.00)
- Tuesday 23 July – Cardiff (16.00)
- Tuesday 3 September – Birmingham (16.30)
Full details, and how to sign up for each event, can be found by clicking this link to Eventbrite.
The Department of Health and Social Care, the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government and the Department of Health Northern Ireland have launched a consultation proposing plans to fortify flour with folic acid in the UK. Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, is essential to the development of a healthy baby during early pregnancy and a deficiency can lead to neural tube defects in the foetus. Around 1,000 pregnancies are diagnosed with neural tube defects each year in the UK with over 40% of cases fatal. The RCM supports fortification as it could prevent up to 200 birth defects a year and reduce the devastating impact they have on a person and their family. The consultation closes on 9 September 2019.
The NMC is consulting on its draft Five Year Strategy. In April, it began taking the views of midwives, nurses and others about the key issues facing health and social care services, their impact on midwifery and nursing and what that means for the future of the NMC. Those views have helped to shape the strategic themes set out in this consultation document. The NMC is asking for help to test and challenge these strategic themes so they can determine the appropriate direction of the organisation for 2020–2025 and the specific priorities we will pursue. The consultation closes on 16 October 2019.
Recent RCM responses to consultations
- Defining the role of integrated care systems in workforce development
- RCM response DHSC learning disability and autism training for staff consultation
- Restricting promotions of products high in fat, sugar and salt by location and by price
- Pregnancy and maternity discrimination: extending redundancy protection for women and new parents
- Improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse
- Advanced Clinical Practice