LEADING midwives say administrators’ plans to strip maternity services from Stafford Hospital show ‘a complete disregard’ for local women and are not supported by evidence.
Lesley Gaskell, a regional officer for the Royal College of Midwives made the comments after meeting with the administrators responsible for shaping the future of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
“The RCM are extremely disappointed that the administrators are recommending the removal of obstetric services from Mid Staffs,” said Ms Gaskell. “This has not been supported with any substantiated evidence and is being made without discussion with the head of midwifery, the local supervisory midwifery officer or the Royal College of Midwives.”
“When challenged that the recommendations effectively remove any choice about place of birth for women in Stafford, administrator Alan Bloom had no response.
“This shows a lack of consideration or indeed a complete disregard for the needs of women in the area,” she said. “It also flies in the face of Government commitments to provide choice for women.”
Ms Gaskell said further meetings were planned with the administrators and staff at the hospital to discuss the recommendations for maternity services and stressed the RCM would be in attendance and would be actively campaigning for choice for women and to support their members working in maternity services in Stafford.