Sunday, May 22, 2022

Shrewsbury baby deaths prompt midwife recruitment drive

By Michael Buchanan
Social affairs correspondent, BBC News

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Nearly £100m is to be spent bettering maternity security in England.

It is known as many as 1,000 midwives and round 80 obstetrics consultants can be employed.

NHS England made the funding dedication in response to the maternity scandal on the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.

Richard Davies, whose daughter Kate died in 2009 after errors on the belief, stated the cash was “good news” and “a step in the right direction for everyone”.

Mr Davies stated the announcement was a reduction after 12 years of campaigning, alongside his spouse, Rhiannon.

“It’s something that should have been done sooner… and that is perhaps one criticism here that this should have never taken this long to have got to where we are today.

“If this cash may be spent to enhance maternity care at grassroots ranges in hospitals, there are prone to be kids alive in years to return as a result of the care that they obtain is as a direct outcome.

“That is a really humbling legacy to take away from Kate’s death,” stated Mr Davies.

An inquiry into maternity failings on the Shropshire belief is wanting into 1,862 circumstances, the overwhelming majority because the 12 months 2000.

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picture captionRhiannon Davies, pictured with daughter Kate, campaigned for a evaluate into maternity care

An preliminary report revealed final 12 months by Donna Ockenden, the midwife main the evaluate, advisable that maternity items throughout England perform what she termed seven “immediate and essential” actions.

These included guaranteeing midwives and consultants practice collectively, listening correctly to the views of girls and their households, and higher investigations when issues go mistaken, with classes discovered throughout the regional NHS system.

Today’s funding announcement is a response to these considerations and consists of cash to assist the NHS recruit employees from abroad.

Figures revealed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council discovered there had been a rise of 937 midwives within the UK within the six months to September 2020, bringing the entire to only beneath 39,000.

The Royal College of Midwives has estimated that the NHS in England wants greater than 2,000 midwives to supply optimum care.

‘Right numbers, proper coaching’

RCM chief government Gill Walton referred to as the brand new funding “a significant boost for our under-resourced and under-staffed maternity services.

“Now we should all work collectively to make use of this cash to have an effect on direct front-line care as rapidly as attainable, in order that now we have the fitting numbers of employees, with the fitting coaching, in the fitting place.”

Dr Edward Morris, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said Donna Ockenden’s report into the baby deaths scandal had been “a wake-up name for the system”.

“We look ahead to working intently with the federal government to make sure each penny of this funding is spent in the easiest way it may be,” said Dr Morris.

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