Andrew Lansley appointment is welcomed by the Royal College of midwives
Commenting on Andrew Lansley becoming Secretary of State (SoS) for Health, Louise Silverton, Deputy General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said, “I congratulate Andrew Lansley on assuming this post.
“He is taking up this role at a challenging time for the NHS, and the RCM will be seeking a meeting with him as a matter of urgency to discuss his plans for maternity services. We will be putting forward a case as to why maternity services need sustained funding that matches the demands placed on the service. Midwife numbers improved and increased funding was reaching the front line under the previous government. We want to see this maintained under the new administration.
“Having met with him over a number of years in his capacity as shadow SoS, the RCM has emphasised how central good quality maternity services are to the public health remit of the NHS. The RCM looks forward to working with him to ensure that the pre-election promises he made become real and concrete actions, that bring even better services for mother and babies, and better conditions for midwives to care for them.”