Maternity services at a crucial tipping point
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has warned of massive shortages in parts of the UK with 5000 midwives required in England alone to cope with the demand following one of the largest baby booms ever.
According to the Office of National Statistics and information published on the BBC news website the country’s birth rate is up by more than 124000 since 2001. In some parts of England the birth rate has jumped more than 50% in recent years.
The RCM says although more midwives are being employed in England and the number of places for midwives in training is on the rise there are still too few staff to cope with the rising demand for services.
RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said:"Maternity units are under intense strain and have been now for many years. We are reaching a crucial tipping point for maternity services in England."
Despite best efforts as services become increasingly stretched standards of care may be affected. If you consider your antenatal or post delivery care or treatment following the birth of your baby was negligent and that you have suffered an injury as a consequence we can offer you free expert advice on making a claim.
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