The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is calling for an independent investigation into One to One Midwives going into administration.
The RCM has been communicating with fifty members, who were mostly employed in the North West and Essex where One to One Midwives has contracts with NHS commissioners.
In a widely shared statement, the RCM said: “The sudden announcement of administration of this company has caused anguish and uncertainty for women, for whom One to One provided care. We understand that transfer arrangements are now in place because the key issue is continuing care those women booked with the company will now be receiving from the NHS.
“The RCM has long supported continuity of carer in maternity services alongside choice, as a means to deliver women centred care.
“RCM is working hard to support continuity of carer within the NHS and will continue to do so whilst ensuring sustainability. We regret the move to administration of ‘One to One’ as a going concern and as an example of market failure.”
The midwifery union states that it does not know the reasons for the administration or what the financial/service issues were.
“We, as a trade union and professional body have been engaged in picking up the pieces left over – the service to women and their families, the careers of midwives and MSWs, as well as their employment rights.
“It is for this reason we believe that NHS England should commission and independent investigation to learn lessons, to make the position transparent and to apportion responsibility, whether financial or professional,” the RCM statement added.
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