Sunday 4 December 2016

Midwives deserve better regulation

Published 06/01/2011 | 05:00

David O'Flynn (December 30) failed to identify any errors lurking in my letter (December 29).

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The midwifery committee that Mr O'Flynn claims is new is a rehash of the old midwives committee, itself a sop in a Nurses Act that dissolved the 1944 Central Midwives Board.

Then, as now, that committee was toothless, subject to an overall board wherein midwifery was treated as a branch of nursing. The 2010 version is even weaker than its 1950 antecedent and can be dissolved at the drop of a hat.

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