Cathy Warwick, leader of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has voiced strong concerns about the direction the NHS health reforms are heading in.

Commenting on the reforms she said: "We are becoming increasingly uncomfortable about the direction of NHS reforms. The level of competition that the reforms will bring in will lead to fragmentation of services.

"Trusts will be competing against each other not collaborating, and collaboration not competition is the key to better care. This would be a backward step for maternity services.

"At a time when the NHS is required to find efficiency savings of £20bn over the next four years, the last thing that the service needed was another costly and destabilising top-down reorganisation. We do not need a root and branch reform of the NHS, we need a root and branch look at these reforms.

"These reforms are too much, too soon, too fast and mothers, babies and midwives will suffer because of it."

Posted by Penny Hosie on 9.5.11 Comment on this article by sending it to: penny.hosie@pavpub.com  

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