Action is needed on NHS staff recruitment and retention to stop repeat suspensions of home births & midwifery-led services in Oxfordshire.
Commenting on the news that Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust last week (20th September) suspended home births and midwifery led services across the county due to a “peak in activity at the John Radcliffe”, Oxford West and Abingdon’s Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:
“This is extremely concerning news for parents across Oxfordshire who may want a home birth or in a community midwifery led unit - but I absolutely understand the need for the NHS Trust to make the decision in order to be able to give women the care they need in the light of staffing problems.“This is a serious wake-up call for the Government and NHS England, and follows scares about staff shortages in other parts of our county’s NHS and social care system in recent months. Years of funding cuts, pay restraints and the impact of Brexit are really impacting on front line services.
“The Health Secretary Matt Hancock must wake up and smell the coffee about what is happening in our NHS. Ministers must ensure the NHS gets the funding it needs as quickly as possible, and do more to stem the local recruitment and retention crisis – including the introduction of an Oxfordshire housing allowance or weighting to make sure NHS staff can afford to live and work here."