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Midwives praise prime minister for awarding them a seat on nursing commission panel

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Midwives have welcomed the chance to influence the prime minister’s new nursing commission after being awarded a seat on its advisory panel.

Gordon Brown today announced the creation of its Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.

The commission is to oversee the first full-scale review of nursing care for almost 40 years and aims to put the nurses and midwives in control of services and policies.

Cathy Warwick, general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: ‘The fact that the prime minister is launching this review is a testatment to the value he places on the two professions and their importance to the political agenda. The RCM is delighted to have a seat on the commission’s panel.’

Ms Warwick said she would be pushing for more investment in midwives in order to improve service quality.

‘I see the issue of midwife numbers as fundamental to the commission, because without the right number of midwives, no review and the changes that it generates will succeed.’

She added: ‘We have to make sure that as the number of midwifery students increases, that there are the right number of midwifery lecturers to teach them.’

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