Sunday 24 September 2017

New law does not threaten midwives

I READ with interest Marie O'Connor's letter (December 26) regarding midwifery practice. Unfortunately, however, her letter contains a number of factual errors.

Firstly, the new nurses and midwives legislation will enshrine the position of midwifery as a profession, as evidenced by the proposed change of name from An Bord Altranais (the Nursing Board) to the Nursing and Midwifery Board.

It will establish for the first time a statutory midwifery committee to deal with midwifery matters, as well as providing statutory protection for the midwifery division of the register.

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