NHS ditches aim for mothers to see the same midwife from scan to delivery due to severe staff shortages
- Pregnant women can no longer expect the same midwife from scan to delivery
- NHS told trusts target should be ditched due to severe staffing shortages
- Royal College of Midwives announced plan to ballot members on strike action
Severe staffing shortages mean pregnant women can no longer expect to see the same midwife from scan to delivery, the NHS has admitted.
A major review of maternity services recommended in 2016 that hospitals should offer ‘continuity of carer’ to improve safety for mothers and babies.
It said women should see the same team of midwives throughout their pregnancy, labour and postnatal care.
But NHS bosses…