Response to Panorama: Maternity Scandal

Published on 24 February 2022

Responding to the Panorama episode Maternity Scandal: Fighting for the Truth, Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“The women and families who bravely shared their stories in this programme have had heartbreaking, awful experiences, which fall way below the standards of care the public has the right to expect. These tragic events really shouldn’t have happened and families shouldn’t have to fight for answers.

“Everyone involved in maternity care needs to work harder to improve, so women and babies everywhere, every time receive safe, effective, kind care. As the professional regulator of midwives, we have an important role to play through our standards of education and practice, and our Code of conduct. These say that midwives must work in partnership with women, listening and responding to their needs and preferences. This person-centred approach is paramount to a midwife’s role.

“With a determined, collective effort from people and organisations across maternity services, we must make sure the tragic stories told in this harrowing Panorama programme don’t happen again.”

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