In February this year, the CQC released a report in which they highlighted concerns about maternity care at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Those concerns related to insufficient staffing levels, staff morale and that the service required improvement.
The news in the attached article suggests that these concerns don't appear to have been addressed and that staff are raising concerns internally about the safety of the maternity services. This is a real worry.
We routinely see the consequences of issues with maternity care, be that through injuries to mother or baby, sometimes the most catastrophic injuries imaginable. We know only too well the devastation and heartbreak that such injuries can cause.
We can only hope that the improvements which were considered necessary by the CQC are now prioritised and put in place urgently to avoid any unnecessary harm being caused.
“Women being cared for by core midwifery staff have been experiencing unacceptably long delays for induction of labour, resulting in bed blocking on the antenatal ward with enormous anxiety and frustration for all. Conversely, women being cared for under the continuity system have had a more streamlined experience, with timely care when required.