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Andrew signs up to maternity pledge

MWR.jpgAndrew Smith MP signs pledge to protect maternity services from cuts, and ensure first-class maternity care. 

Andrew is supporting the pledge following his attendance at an RCM event in Westminster last week to discuss maternity services.

The pledge was launched by the RCM over fears that savings to be made in the NHS may have an impact on the amount of money spent on midwives and maternity services. This comes at a time when the birthrate has been rising steeply and pregnancies and births are becoming increasingly complex.

Andrew will also be joining the RCM's Parliamentary Panel. This is a group of MPs and peers from across the political spectrum who care about maternity services and will help and support the RCM.

Andrew said: "Midwives do a fantastic job and it's vital we keep up their numbers and resources for work both in the community and in hospitals".

Cathy Warwick, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "I am delighted that Andrew has signed up to the pledge and panel and really welcome his support.

"It is imperative that spending on maternity does not fall and that it matches the demands placed on maternity services. This means more resources and more midwives, something the current government are failing to guarantee. Great strides have been made in maternity provision over recent years with increasing choice and more midwives.

"We need to be building on this welcome progress and protecting maternity services for the future and we are campaigning to make this happen. This is why it is so important that Andrew is lending his weight and influence to support and protect maternity services."

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