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Midwives' chief warns on service

31st May 2006

The General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives warned government that the UK's midwifery service is facing crisis point.

The message from the RCM General Secretary, Dame Karlene Davis at the Annual Conference was that with midwives' jobs being cut, training budgets slashed and midwifery-led care under threat, there is much to contemplate and act upon. She added that she would not call this a challenge, as the government would like to do - she would call it a crisis.

Dame Karlene said that with birth centres closing or under threat, home births cancelled and services centralised women were being denied choice over the type of maternity care they receive.

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