I’ve learnt from long experience never to take what is said by hierachy at face value, so it is with fingers crossed that I write that the ’emergency’ meeting last week was reassuring. Certainly the head of midwifery acknowledged that community has been bearing the brunt of the staff shortages, that cracks are showing and that complaints have increased. The point was reinforced though that, even when the situation has improved staff-wise, postnatal visits must be kept to a minimum and that all our efforts must concentrate on the booking appointment and the antenatal care. Grrrr, so short-sighted, it is true that postnatal care is now the Cinderella component of maternity care.
There has been lots everywhere about the midwife who was struck off at the beginning of last week, the headlines were eye-catching, Midwife banned for God quip after couple’s newborn baby died, Midwife banned after telling grieving Mother ‘ God knows best’ but that is just what they were, eye-catching, but they were not actually correct as the midwife was struck off for misconduct in that she failed to provide appropriate care, behaved dishonestly with regard to her record keeping etc. This midwife broke numerous rules, breached standards and then attempted to cover her ommisions up, and for this this she deserves to be sanctioned, but, with regard to he God comment the NMC acknowledge that the words were spoken at an emotional time and were not meant to be deliberately insensitive. This is not the reason she was struck off. Read the full findings on the NMC website.