Evidence from the Royal College of Pathologists to the Health and Social Care Committee Expert Panel: evaluation of the Government’s commitments in the area of maternity services in England

The College welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this evaluation. The College evidence relates to and would help achieve the Government commitments under evaluation:

Government commitments:

College recommendations

The role of medical examiners in investigating baby deaths

Medical examiners are part of a national network of specifically trained independent senior doctors (from any specialty). Overseen by a National Medical Examiner, they scrutinise all deaths that do not fall under the coroner’s jurisdiction across a local area.

Government commitment: Safe staffing – “Ensuring NHS providers are staffed with the appropriate number and mix of clinical professionals is vital to the delivery of quality care and in keeping patients safe from avoidable harm.”

Paediatric and perinatal pathology workforce concerns

Placental histology services in England

College response to proposals on Coronial investigation of stillbirth cases in England and Wales

Contact details

This evidence was compiled by Janine Aldridge, Public Affairs Officer.

E: janine.aldridge@rcpath.org
T: 020 7451 6769

About the Royal College of Pathologists

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with more than 11,000 fellows, affiliates and trainees, of which 23% are based outside of the UK. We are committed to setting and maintaining professional standards and promoting excellence in the teaching and practice of pathology, for the benefit of patients.

Our members include medically and veterinary qualified pathologists and clinical scientists in
17 different specialties, including cellular pathology, haematology, clinical biochemistry,
medical microbiology and veterinary pathology.

The College works with pathologists at every stage of their career. We set curricula, organise training and run exams, publish clinical guidelines and best practice recommendations and provide continuing professional development. We engage a wide range of stakeholders to improve awareness and understanding of pathology and the
vital role it plays in everybody’s healthcare. Working with members, we run programmes to
inspire the next generation to study science and join the profession.