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‘Serious concerns’ over Wales’ midwives

Posted in: Birth Injury Medical Negligence 

Following a recent review of the midwifery system in north Wales, a number of “serious concerns” have been raised with regards to education and supervision. The extraordinary review” was carried out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in July after it was decided that Bangor University withdraw their students from Glan Clwyd Hospital after the Health Inspectorate Wales flagged up some issues.

The NMC review looked at all areas of the midwifery service, closely examining the supervision procedures. It found that not all ‘annual supervisory reviews’, which ensure that midwifes have carried out mandatory training, were being accurately completed. It also uncovered the fact that the annual audit of the supervision of midwives in the Betsi Cadwaladr board area was not being completed.

“strengthen public protection”

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “It is essential that all the relevant organisations collaborate to address the issues raised by the review. We will work closely with Bangor University, Health Inspectorate Wales and other stakeholders to improve the situation and strengthen public protection.

Bangor University said that it has been working alongside the health board to resolve the issues listed in the review, claiming that there have been numerous improvements since the report was composed in July.

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