RISK TO WOMEN

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

De­part­ment of Health spokesman Peter Gra­ham said: “While it is im­por­tant to sup­port the em­ploy­ment of in­de­pen­dent mid­wives, es­pe­cially in re­la­tion to ex­tended choice and di­ver­sity of pro­vi­sion, it can­not be at the cost of safety to the wo­man and her un­born child. “It is a con­cern that mid­wives are prac­tis­ing with­out pro­fes­sional in­dem­nity in­sur­ance (PII). It poses a risk to women and their un­born child, and fi­nan­cially to mid­wives. “In cases of clin­i­cal neg­li­gence, cer­tainly those of a se­ri­ous na­ture, this would mean in­jured claimants would be left with­out a means of ob­tain­ing ap­pro­pri­ate and full fi­nan­cial re­dress. “Where a claim of clin­i­cal neg­li­gence is brought it may or would lead to the mid­wife’s per­sonal fi­nan­cial ruin. “We recog­nise that this is par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing for in­de­pen­dent mid­wives as they are un­able to source PII com­mer­cially. We know that they have left no stone un­turned to find in­sur­ance. “This is why we have been work­ing with the In­de­pen­dent Mid­wives As­so­ci­a­tion to in­form them and to do as much as we can to as­sist them through this process. “We are com­mit­ted to find­ing some so­lu­tions for the es­ti­mated 100 in­de­pen­dent mid­wives af­fected by this.”

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