The Royal College of Nursing, The Royal College of Midwives and UNISON have all criticised a review into maternity services in Cumbria that was carried out by North Cumbria's NHS trust.
The review proposes to down-grade the bands of a number of senior midwives.
Estephanie Dunn, the RCN Northern Region’s Operational Manager says this is the wrong thing to do.
In a statement she said:
– Estephanie Dunn
“The North West region has seen a 19% increase in the number of babies born in the decade following 2001, however the number of midwives in the North West has actually fallen over the same period. And, partly because the age and weight profile of expectant mothers is increasing, births are becoming more complex too. So, rather than down-banding and undermining the morale of midwives in Cumbria, the Trust should really be investing in recruiting more midwives to cope with the additional demand. To replace senior, experienced midwives with more junior bands is a disappointing and retrogressive move that will be vigorously opposed by the local community as well as the clinical teams involved.”