‘Urgent support’ needed for Scotland’s midwives

Scottish Labour calls for additional £10m to support midwives amid reports they lack the resources needed to work safely

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Today in Parliament Scottish Labour is calling for an investigation into reports that midwives ‘do not have enough resources to do their jobs safely’.

An open letter from midwives in NHS Lothian claims a lack of computers, equipment and pool cars is threatening safe working.

Labour MSPs will use parliamentary time today to debate a motion that calls for an investigation into reports of insufficient resources, as well as an additional £10m ‘to ensure that midwives are given adequate time, training and resources’.

Opposition MSPs are concerned current investment levels are hampering development, leaving staff unable to deliver the transformational change promised by the 2017 Best Start Five Year Plan.

Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson, Monica Lennon, said: 

Midwives play a crucial role in caring for women and babies. The best way of recognising their contribution to our NHS is by making sure they have enough resources to do their jobs safely.  

That’s why Scottish Labour is calling on the SNP Government to investigate reports about a lack of equipment and resources, and to provide an additional £10 million towards the implementation of the Best Start recommendations

The Health Secretary must listen to the concerns of midwives and take urgent action to address the workforce crisis.”