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Serious concerns with maternity services in Guernsey

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today published reports on maternity services and the wider environment of maternity care in Guernsey

During its review visit, which ran from 1 – 3 October, the review team found that a number of standards relating to how midwives’ practice was being supervised had not been met.

The team heard also from several people, including service users and practising midwives, who raised wider issues to do with:

  • the care environment,
  • policies and procedures,
  • governance,
  • leadership and management, and
  • organisational culture.

The NMC sets standards for midwifery practice and the supervision of midwives and it has the powers to act if it receives reports about an issue which could affect public protection. It has no legislative powers to force improvement in the wider environment of maternity care, but in the absence of a system regulator, it has taken the unprecedented step to raise these issues in order to drive improvements in the interest of public protection in Guernsey.

Extraordinary review report, LSA South West (Guernsey) [PDF]

Additional evidence report [PDF]

Annexe [PDF]

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said:

“When taken together, the two reports we have published raise widespread issues which could undermine public confidence in the safety of maternity services on the Island.

 “These reports were commissioned in the interests of public protection and in order to drive urgent improvements in maternity care in Guernsey.

“We are working with the Local Supervising Authority and Guernsey’s Health and Social Services Department to make improvements in order to protect patients and the public.”

The NMC has been informed that the LSA and Guernsey’s Health and Social Services Department have put measures since the review visit in order to address some of the immediate concerns raised in the reports.

The HSSD and the LSA have shared their draft action plans with the NMC. The NMC is considering the action plans and they will be published in due course.

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