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Apologies for the long time between contact - we are very low on capacity at the moment. An event that may be of interest coming up this Sunday 21st November - and some links to important and useful articles below.
Come and join the #MarchWithMidwives and support midwives, birth supporters, women and their families.

The March from the Subscription Rooms Forecourt (meet at 2pm) up to the Trinity rooms adjacent to the Maternity Unit in Stroud isn't organised by us, but we support it!
All are welcome

The Red Band will be supporting the cause and providing uplifting music, and there will be tea/coffee and a cake sale at the Trinity Rooms (till 4pm).

For those of you further from Stroud, there will also be a march in Cheltenham - meeting at the Pump Rooms, and the March will go around Pittville lake and back (also 2-4pm)

From the manifesto:

Click to read the manifesto in full (pdf), which includes references. Some key excerpts below:

"2021 has seen maternity services become critically unsafe for staff and users. A recent RCM survey of midwives found 60% of staff are thinking of leaving the profession. For every 30 newly qualified midwives, 29 are leaving. Bullying and toxic hierarchical management systems are stifling innovation, silencing whistleblowing and causing psychological harm. Top-down pressures that include fear of disciplinary or legal action result in a lack of midwifery autonomy and an erosion of the traditional role of the midwife. Midwifery skills are being lost and the profession is being eroded...  Government promises are not being kept. The Better Births Report is over 5 years old and continuity of carer/Best Start teams cannot be effectively implemented due to staffing issues and lack of funding... Where women, parents and babies are not well, their families, communities and countries become unwell. This crisis impacts every level of society. Damage to babies and families ripples out across the whole of society and creates the need for more social and health care later. Fixing the beginning of life is an investment. The maternity system is not just under pressure or even on its knees. It is utterly broken and not fit for purpose."

"Midwives demand more time, more money and more autonomy
‘Midwives Voices, Midwives Demands’, White Ribbon Alliance 2021

We demand:
LISTEN to all staff and service users and their advocates
FUND emergency retention
ENABLE anybody willing to work or train
REDUCE the demands on staff

1. LISTEN: The APPG and health ministers concerned with maternity need an urgent consultation with us to undertake a system wide diagnosis to address the immediate crisis.

2. FUND: An immediate appropriate, restorative pay rise for midwives that reflects the value society places on their vital work. Award recruitment and retention premia to new entrants and existing staff. Provide financial support for student midwives and create posts for all newly qualified midwives.

3. ENABLE: Make it possible for Self Employed Midwives to work, thus putting 250 experienced midwives immediately back into the workforce.

4. REDUCE: Provide £5m of crisis funding to 3rd sector organisations for the provision of breastfeeding support and antenatal education to reduce the pressure on midwifery staff."
Some recent articles you may find interesting
Margaret Greenwood on the new NHS bill: "Vote looms on health bill that would subject English NHS to cronyism and cuts"
Caroline Molloy's latest article: "MP with stake in giant health insurer lobbied for ‘Australian-style’ care insurance"
James Beecher writes about the Immensa false negative test scandal: "I raised an early alarm on PCR test scandal but authorities ignored me"
"A multi-billion-pound contract enlisted 187 private hospitals to help the UK’s COVID response. Why did they care for just 0.08% of patients?"
Latest national news from Keep Our NHS Public
Articles about the recent #NoBordersInTheNHS week of action by the #PatientsNotPassports campaign:

·  “Organise To Win: Advocating For Our Patients Means Speaking Up, Protesting and Organising” by Dr Jess Potter, Respiratory Doctor working in London and member of Docs Not Cops, Migrants Organise, 26th October 2021
·  “Access to healthcare during a pandemic – a nurse’s perspective” by Kirit, a nurse in the NHS, Medact, 26th October 2021
·  Free For All Forever: No To Privatisation in the NHS! by Alia Butt, Keep Our NHS Public, 23rd October 2021
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