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A quarter of women ‘couldn’t get the help they needed from NHS staff in labor’

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The Care Quality Commission’s maternity survey found that 23 per cent of women could “sometimes” get care promptly – or not at all – in labor last year.

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A survey has found that almost a quarter of women are unable to get the help they need from NHS staff during childbirth.

The Care Quality Commission’s maternity survey found that 23% of women were “occasionally” able to receive timely care – or not at all – in labor last year. This number is up from 19% in 2019.

Some women don’t get the postpartum care they’d like, with 34% of respondents wishing they could talk to or see a midwife more often than they do, compared with 25% in 2019.

The watchdog also said 55% of women who needed it said that in the six weeks after giving birth they ‘definitely’ received help and advice from a midwife or medical visitor about breastfeeding, down from 62% in 2019.

It comes after midwifery leaders warned that worsening staffing shortages are taking a toll on morale.






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The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) last week called on the Government to fix its workforce problems, as a survey of members of the institution last year showed more than half ( 57%) of those considering leaving plan to leave within the next year.

Feryal Clark, Shadow Primary Care Minister, said: “Women giving birth don’t have to worry about whether they are well cared for, safe and comfortable.

“After a decade of Conservative mismanagement, the NHS has entered a pandemic with 17,000 fewer hospital beds than in 2010 and now it is losing more midwives than it is hiring.

“It’s not just that the Tories haven’t repaired the roof when the sun is shining, they’ve dismantled the roof and removed the floorboards.”

The watchdog surveyed more than 23,000 women who gave birth in UK hospitals in February 2021 as the country faced a third national shutdown.

The CQC said outcomes were down in some areas, but added that “despite pandemic pressures, the majority of women continue to report positive experiences with maternity care.”

The CQC recently found that midwives at Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are worried about being “too exhausted to keep patients safe” and that the fund doesn’t have enough staff to keep women safe. women and infants.

The Department of Health and Social Care has been contacted for comment.

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