The CQC report says that while the majority of people are receiving good care, it also states that “having the right the numbers of staff is crucial to delivering excellent care.”
Speaking about the report, on Thursday 15 October, the CQC’s chief executive David Behan said: “We want to make sure that there are enough midwives on duty.”
The report said that the majority of health and social care services in England were rated as good, with others being rated as outstanding, and refers to pressures caused by understaffing and underfunding of health services in the country.
Commenting on the Care and Quality Commission annual report, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives Cathy Warwick said: “This CQC report reinforces what the RCM have been continually campaigning for, more midwives.
“Our maternity services are understaffed, overworked, underfunded and are struggling to meet the demands placed on them. This is most concerning for the quality of care women are receiving.”
The CQC report reflects the findings from the Heads of Midwives survey, published by the Royal College of Midwives earlier this week.
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