Commenting on David Cameron's speech on the NHS reforms on 17th January, Jon Skewes, Director of Employment relations at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "This is yet another major and costly distraction for the NHS.
"It is an enormous leap in the dark, which could cost up to £3 billion to change a service that was really beginning to deliver results for women and babies. It wasn't perfect but it was moving in the right direction. Now we have massive change at a time when the NHS has enormous savings to make.
"I think what women want is to be cared for by a midwife they know and trust. That is more important to them than whether the person commissioning care works for a primary care Trust or a GP consortia.
"This is a bureaucratic exercise that is about reorganising and restructuring, not about the quality of care for women. There are not enough midwives to deliver the care women need now. I have real fears that maternity care could suffer as Trusts struggle to make efficiency saving and as the NHS itself struggles to cope with this profound shift in its structure."
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