Tuesday 24 October 2017

Midwives deserve better regulation

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.

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