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RCM launches cuts-monitoring website

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A new website allowing medical staff to see cuts as and where they happen has been launched by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

The site, which is at the frontline of the RCM’s Protect Maternity Services campaign, encourages anyone who becomes aware of a threat to local maternity services to report it on the website, so the RCM can focus its resources accordingly.

As well as clearly presented national and regional news, the website will also focus on case studies of individuals affected by the cuts.

Current examples include birth centres facing closure in Kent and Yorkshire, and a class of nearly-qualified midwives facing unemployment in Sussex.

Commenting on the launch, RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said: “We are calling on midwives and the public to let us know where their maternity services are being adversely affected and how it is affecting them personally. With their help we can identify and plot the level of cuts to services and call the people making these decisions to account.

“This website will help us to ensure that [the government] are keeping to these promises, and that maternity services are adequately staffed and resourced.”

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