NMC Criticised By Professional Standards Authority
May 16, 2018
The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has been criticised in relation to its handling of concerns raised regarding midwives at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria. In a review by the PSA (the body which oversees nine national regulators of healthcare professionals in the UK), the NMC was said to have failed to react quickly enough to concerns from police and families in cases which saw the death of eleven babies and one mother between 2004 and 2013.
The report suggests that there has been improvement in the NMC’s performance in recent times, but that further change is needed. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is quoted as saying that the NMC “clearly still needs a massive culture change so that families feel they are being genuinely listened to and not just made part of a process”.
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