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Midwifery council: 'NHS fails too many women'

The Royal Council of Midwifery said the "NHS continues to fail too many women," who are not able to see the same midwife during and after their pregnancy.

A survey by the health regulator, the CQC, found only 28% of women can rely on the care of the same midwife over the course of their pregnancy.

It is sad to see that in three years the NHS has not improved in terms of women seeing the same midwife during their care, which often means women have to repeat their histories over and over again.

– Cathy Warwick, the Royal College of Midwives’ chief executive

Ms Warwick said this is due to the shortage of qualified midwives.

"The RCM’s latest estimate is that the NHS in England is short of 4,800 midwives, so it is sadly inevitable that women will see many different midwives," she said.

Health watchdog names 'worsening' maternity services

The health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, has named maternity care trusts that it said provide worse care than they did during the last survey in 2010.

They are:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHSTrust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lewisham Health Care NHS Trust
  • North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


Jeremy Hunt praises GP chief inspector for speaking up

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt praised the work of the chief inspector of general practice Professor Steve Field.

Mr Field headed the inspections by the health regulator, The Care Quality Commission, that has uncovered a catalogue of failings at some GP practices

Inspectors to focus on out-of-hours GP practices

The health regulator, The Care Quality Commission, said the next round of inspections will focus on GP out-of-hours services.

The commission said these are "likely to put patents at a higher risk of receiving poor care than from other general practice services."

The health regulator has uncovered a catalogue of failings at some GP practices with medicines stored in a way that puts children and patients at risk of infection and rooms so dirty they had maggots.

Read: Inspectors find dirt and maggots inside GP surgery

Survey: Almost 80% of women 'trust maternity staff'

Here are some of the key findings of a major survey by the Care Quality Commission of women's experiences of maternity services:

  • A quarter said they were left alone at a time that worried them during labour and birth (up from 22 percent in 2010)
  • Almost one in five said their concerns were not taken seriously
  • 77 percent felt they were always involved in decisions about their care (up from 74 percent in 2010)
  • 71 percent were able to move around and find a position that made them most comfortable during labour and birth
  • 78 percent said they definitely had confidence and trust in the staff caring for them during labour and birth (up from 73 percent in 2010)

Survey: Quarter of new mothers 'left alone' during labour

A quarter of new mothers surveyed in England say they were left alone at a time that worried them during labour and birth, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found.

The survey asked 23,000 new mothers in England about their experience of maternity services Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

The survey of some 23,000 women, who gave birth in February, revealed an overall improvement in maternity services, but also some areas for improvement.

A higher proportion of women than in 2010 felt they were involved in decisions about their care and that they were able to find a comfortable position during labour and birth.

But concerns were raised about the support given during labour and birth, the cleanliness of wards and about seeing different midwives before and after the birth.


Patient campaign group: Failings are inexcusable

Campaign group Patient Concern described today's CQC findings on hygiene in GPs' surgeries as "unbelievable".

The failings are inexcusable. The standards the CQC wants met are the basic minimum for protecting patients’ safety, let alone improving their health.

If the NHS is still the envy of the world, the standard in other countries doesn't bear thinking about.

– Roger Goss, of Patient Concern

GP body: 'Overworked doctors need more funding'

Many GPs are working 11 hour days and seeing up to 60 patients a day in the face of increasing pressure to deliver safe patient care with diminishing resources, said the Royal College of General Practitioners in response to today's CQC findings.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker described a "funding black hole worth £9 billion" in England over the past eight years, which she said was a result of investment being shifted towards hospitals.

Breaches of procedure cannot be condoned, even if they are isolated incidents, but the inspections were largely targeted at particular practices which had already been identified as having problems.

Specific areas for improvement have been found and the CQC must now work with these practices to ensure that they meet the necessary standards and that other practices can learn from their experiences.

...Family doctors now receive only 8.39% of the overall UK NHS budget - yet our workloads are spiralling as the population ages and more patients are presenting with multiple and complex diseases.

– Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners

CQC: 'We will not tolerate poor and dangerous care'

GPs who are found to keep their practice in a poor condition can have "their registration taken off them", the author of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into conditions in doctor's surgeries told Daybreak.

Professor Steve Field said some of the doctors who had run surgeries with rooms so dirty maggots were found, had already "given up practicing in those practices".

"We will not tolerate poor and dangerous care," he added.

Dirty GP surgeries 'a small but important problem'

Dr Peter Swinyard said surgeries which repeatedly failed to meet standards should be shut. Credit: DaybreakITV

"A very small number" of GPs surgeries were in a state of disrepair and this does not reflect every health centre in the UK, a doctor from Swindon said.

However, GP Dr Peter Swinyard told Daybreak the 0.9% of surgeries which were declared "a serious cause of concern" by inspectors were "a small problem, but a very important one" and urged doctors not to ignore bad practice.

"Where they exist we must work very hard to remedy the situation, or at worst if the doctors and the surgeries won't improve...I am afraid the surgeries must be helped to close down or reprevision their services properly."

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