Tuesday, November 29, 2022

“March with Midwives” protest against staff shortages and safety concerns

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Mothers and health workers have taken part in a “march with midwives” in Manchester to highlight concerns about the protest over the safety of Greater Manchester maternity facilities.

Organizers say the service is extremely unsafe for families and staff due to chronic staff shortages.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) estimates that there is a shortage of more than 3,500 midwives in the UK.

A recent RCM survey found that 60% of employees are considering leaving the profession; citing understaffing and concerns about the quality and safety of the care they are currently able to provide.

New midwives continue to enter the profession, but for every 30 newly qualified midwives entering the profession, 29 leave the profession.

A midwife at the protests in St Peter’s Square in Manchester described the situation as a dripping bucket where they don’t have enough staff to provide the care they want.

Some in the crowd dressed up in “Call the Midwife” costumes from the TV show, set in the 1950s and ’60s, to highlight the poor decor.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said:

“We value the hard work of midwives and are committed to supporting them, including by investing £127m in NHS maternity services to strengthen the workforce and improve newborn care. “

“This comes on top of £95million invested in the establishment of 1,200 new midwifery posts and 100 consultant midwives to ensure we have the staff to provide quality and safe care, with £26.5million intended for the improvement of multidisciplinary education.”

We have given over a million NHS workers a pay rise of at least £1,400 this year, on top of a 3% pay rise last year, increasing wages by an average of £1,000 despite a public sector pay freeze.”

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