Protecting human rights in childbirth

Kirkup Report: Inhuman healthcare

The Kirkup Report was published this week. It catalogues the failings in the maternity unit at Morecambe Bay between 2004-2013, when clinical errors contributed to the deaths of 3 mothers and 16 babies. As the Report acknowledges, healthcare professionals can be expected to make mistakes, but in Morecambe Bay, like Mid-Staffordshire and Queen’s Hospital Romford … Read more

Birthrights joins nearly 120,000 voices calling for buffer zones around abortion clinics

Birthrights co-chair Rebecca Schiller will join Erika Garrett, Caroline Lucas MP, Dr Clare Gerada (GP and past Chair of Royal College of GPs), representatives from the British Humanists Association, Brook, and Reclaim Rossyln Road residents association to deliver this petition to 10 Downing Street at 2pm on Wednesday 4 March.   The petition was started by Erika Garrett after … Read more

CQC consultation – making human rights a regulatory standard

Birthrights has responded to the CQC consultation on new standards for inspection and monitoring of care services. Maternity standards are included in the consultation. We are particularly concerned that the CQC has robust standards in place for assessing whether or not hospitals are guaranteeing respect for women’s dignity and human rights in maternity care. We … Read more

Why independent midwifery matters: Our response to the government consultation

Today is the final day for responding to the Department of Health’s consultation on mandatory indemnity insurance for all healthcare professionals. As Birthrights regulars will know, implementation of the proposals will spell the end of independent midwifery. As we have explained in our response, the loss of independent midwives will have serious repercussions for women’s … Read more

Birthrights Supports Independent Midwives at Westminster Rally

Independent Midwives and the women they have cared for gather today outside the Houses of Parliament as part of the “Your Body, Your Birth, Your Choice” campaign in protest at the imminent demise of Independent Midwifery in the UK. The government’s proposed implementation of the EU Directive on Cross-Border Healthcare makes professional indemnity insurance (PII) … Read more

The end of Independent Midwifery? Consultation launched into mandatory insurance for midwives

The Department of Health today launched a 12 week consultation into mandatory professional indemnity insurance (PII) for all healthcare professionals, including midwives. Mandatory insurance has been on the horizon for years, but it is now clear that the government intends to pass the Health Care and Associated Professions (Indemnity Arrangements) Order 2013 making it a … Read more

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