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 Care Inspectorate has opened a consultation to review the NHS Health Scotland’s 'Setting the Table: Nutritional Guidance' to ensure it is current, accurate and in the most suitable format for purpose. Setting the Table aims to provide childcare providers standards for food provision within early years childcare provision. The aim is to ensure that children aged 0–5 in childcare settings across Scotland are offered meals, snacks and drinks that meet their nutritional requirements and are conducive to good health. it includes guidance on breastfeeding, formula milk and expressing breast milk.

The questionnaire takes between 5-10 minutes to complete.  It is completely anonymous and your responses will be treated confidentially. The survey closes Friday 28 June.  

Whether you work in a hospital, care for people in the community,  or you recently experienced health and social care services, the NMC wants to hear from you. Have your say on the issues affecting nursing, midwifery and health and social care today and beyond. Tell the NMC what you think will have the greatest impact on the NMC over the next five years, and where you think its focus should be. This consultation closes on 30 June.

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.

Recent RCM responses to consultations