The Royal College of Midwives has hit out at NHS reforms saying they have "major concerns" over many of the proposals put forward.
Commenting on the announcement today (6 April) of a "listening exercise" on NHS reforms and the formation of a "NHS Future Forum", Cathy Warwick, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "The RCM has raised a number of major concerns about the broad thrust of many of the proposals in the reforms.
"It is right to stop and reflect and we hope that the midwifery voice will be heard. A real change of attitude and approach is needed on the part of the Government if we are to preserve a high quality NHS."
Proposals put forward by the government include giving greater powers to GP-led consortia, including larger budgets and commissioning services. This would include, for example, commissioning services for patients in community clinics, mental health units and hospital care - much of which is currently done by local care managers.
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