Midwifery shortage is dangerous false economy

Posted on: 31st January 2014

Commenting on today’s report of the Commons Public Accounts Committee on the impact of a shortage in midwives in NHS hospitals, Health Select Committee Member and campaigner, Andrew George MP, said:

“The cost of cutting corners in midwifery is a false economy. Taking a risk by trying to manage with too few midwives is not without some times avoidable tragic clinical consequence. And, as nearly £1 in every £5 spent on midwifery services is to meet the costs of litigation and complaint where the service fails, this corner cutting also comes at a very heavy cost!”

Mr George has campaigned for safe staffing and is pressing the case for safe registered nurse staffing levels across all NHS hospitals.

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