The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has rejected the claims for major structural reform of the NHS in its response to the government's Listening Exercise on NHS reforms.

The RCM said that it was puzzled by the need for major reform to the NHS, arguing that evolutionary change was already taking place and starting to deliver improvements to maternity services.

The RCM's submission to the government's Listening Exercise goes on to say that reckless and poorly-thought through reforms risk derailing the progress that has already been made.

The response also challenges the focus on competition in the Health Bill and asks for it to be moved, calling instead for a greater emphasis on collaboration and integrated care.

Cathy Warwick, general secretary of the RCM said: "I want to make it clear that we are not opposed to change, indeed our position is quite the opposite.  The Government's suggestions that critics of its proposals are opponents of change are simplistic and inaccurate.

"Our concern is that the Government is moving too far, too fast. It hasn't actually identified the problems that the reforms are meant to solve; this is putting the cart before the horse."

Posted by Robert Mair on 2.6.11 Comment on this article by sending it to: penny.hosie@pavpub.com 

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