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Committee Chair comments on Ockenden Report

30 March 2022

Health and Social Care Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt said:

“The review by Donna Ockenden supports and endorses the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on the safety of maternity services. Crucially, her report calls for our recommendations around workforce planning and sustainability to be implemented. And so it beggars belief that despite this urgent need for more doctors and midwives to deliver safe maternity care, later today the Government is set to reject an amendment to the Health and Care Bill that would permanently end the ongoing crisis in workforce numbers.

“One of our key recommendations to end the use of caesareans as a metric for maternity services has already been implemented by Government. Many of the recommendations made by Donna Ockenden today are described as immediate and essential actions. It is therefore imperative that the Government acts urgently to give mothers confidence that measures are in place to give them a safe birth.”

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