Summarising maternity care standards in one place should relieve burden on staff

Commenting in response to Standards for Maternity Care, a joint report from the four royal colleges responsible for maternity services, Dr Anna Dixon, The King's Fund's Director of Policy, said:

'We welcome this attempt by the four royal colleges to summarise in one place all the different standards that apply to maternity care.

'As our report into the safety of maternity services, Safe Births: Everybody's business, showed earlier this year, maternity staff are issued with too many standards by a range of organisations, which places considerable burdens on staff without delivering commensurate safety improvements. Today's report should go some way towards reducing this burden by ensuring staff are not faced with too many separate and complex guidelines.

'However, while this will help to pull together past guidance we must ensure that maternity staff are not subjected to further separate guidelines in the future.'

Notes to editors: 

  1. In February 2008 The King's Fund published Safe Births: Everybody's business. The inquiry was led by Professor Onora O'Neill, a senior figure in medical ethics and President of the British Academy. She was assisted by a number of panel members and expert advisers, selected for their expertise in areas related to health and patient safety.
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