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).
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.