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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07971: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the findings in the report, The Best Start, a Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland, what the impact would be on the safety of the (a) patient and (b) midwife if the midwife is on call 12 hours prior to or after a shift.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 March 2017

The Scottish Government is delighted that Jane Grant, who chaired the review group which produced ‘The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan’ has agreed to lead implementation of the report’s recommendations. In the coming weeks Jane will appoint an implementation group and will develop a plan to drive forward delivery of the recommendations in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including NHS Boards. It will be important to take the time to understand the implications for midwives and others of shifting to the new model outlined in the report, and identifying early adopter Boards will be critical to this. In my statement to parliament, I outlined the need to undertake early modelling work with NHS Boards so we can get a better understanding of the workforce changes required to take forward the package of recommendations.