NMC proposes strengthening of midwives' rules

Current standards which prevent anyone other than a registered midwife or registered medical practitioner taking responsibility for midwifery care during childbirth need strengthening, according to the NMC.

It is looking for feedback on proposed changes to the Midwives Rules to ensure the new rules are effective and up to date.

Changes include the possibility of removing sections already covered by the NMC code, as well as the standards strengthening.

Michelle Lyne, midwifery adviser and project lead, said: ‘To ensure the new rules effectively safeguard women, babies and families, we need as much feedback as possible from the profession, the public, families and employers, as well as other stakeholders.'

The current rules and standards will remain unchanged until the end of 2011, although the appearance of the document has recently been updated, go to www.nmc-uk.org to find out more.

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