The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published a review of the changes to midwifery regulation, following a decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to remove the supervision of midwives from statute.
The review highlights the current status of this decision, saying that the NMC and the Department of Health are at the discussion stages of proposed changes, but no consultation has been made within the midwifery profession or the public so far.
In June 2015, according to the RCM’s review, the NMC Midwifery Committee outlined that changes would include removing the ‘Midwifery’ section of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, which provides guidance on The Midwifery Committee, Rules as to midwifery practice and Local supervision of midwives.
In the review, the RCM states: “Regardless of the type of mechanism used, it is important to ensure that the regulation process is and continues to be transparent, fair and robust; it should therefore be evaluated periodically.”
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