Commenting on the final vote on the Health Bill yesterday, Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said..
“The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is disappointed that Parliament has ignored the wishes of the vast majority of NHS staff, patients and the general public and has instead passed this unnecessary, costly and divisive bill for which there is no democratic mandate.
“Whilst the RCM called for the Bill to be withdrawn we have always been committed to work with the NHS to improve the quality and standard of maternity care for women, babies and their families. Midwives of course also have a profound sense of responsibility to the mothers and babies in their care and will continue to support them and provide the highest quality of care possible.
“Now that the Bill has passed into law, we shall work with the Government, the NHS, maternity services staff and mothers, their partners and families to develop a framework for maternity care that promotes integrated services, collaborative working and equitable, woman-centred care. At the same time we will continue to oppose the concept of an NHS based on profit and any measure that could lead to the fragmentation of care, but will support innovation in models of care for women and their families.”
“The RCM will be monitoring very closely the implementation of this Bill, its impact on maternity services and its effects on the quality of care for women and babies.”