By 2020, Jeremy Hunt proposed to reduce the stillbirth rate by 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2030.
The proposal comes after The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) announced they would be working with The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, midwives and policy makers to support multi-disciplinary teams to ensure progress in reducing the number of stillbirths.
Chief executive of RCM, Cathy Warwick said: “This is an important initiative. It is crucial that all of us involved in maternity care work to reduce tragic outcomes. Much excellent work is already going on in this respect.
The Royal College of Midwives is looking forward to working with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, policy makers and midwives to support hard working multi-disciplinary teams to achieve even more progress. As we do this we also need to ensure that contributory factors to poor outcomes such as social exclusion and poverty are addressed.”
According to the Heads of Midwifery survey, conducted by the RCM, revealed that midwives are finding it difficult to find time outside of maternity units for extra training due to understaffing.
“It is deeply frustrating for midwives that they cannot provide the quality of maternity care that they want to deliver because they are so short-staffed, so we are very pleased that prior to making this announcement Jeremy Hunt admitted to the House of Commons that the NHS needs more midwives,” Cathy Warwick added.
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