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RCM 'delighted' by epetition response

More than 75,000 people signed a petition urging the government to recruit 5,000 more midwives.

Although the epetition, which closed closed today (22 August) did not reach the 100,000 signatures needed to secure a parliamentary debate, its creator - the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) - is positive about its response.

The organisation claimed the campaign served to “galvinise public opinion” and showed ministers just how many people want the government to take action on midwife numbers.

It is expected the RCM will work with MPs to try to secure a debate about the shortage of midwives in parliament in early October.

The RCM was heartened by the support from MPs from all three main political parties, celebrities such as footballer Theo Walcott and organisations like Patients Association and the NCT.

“We are delighted that more than 75,000 people are calling on the Government to take action to recruit more midwives and this huge groundswell of public support reflects how much people value maternity services, mothers, babies and midwives,” said Cathy Warwick, RCM General Secretary and CEO.

“This support means so much to our members and reflects the public consensus that we need more midwives.



“In order to deliver the high-quality maternity care for mothers and babies proposed by the Government, we need 5,000 more midwives and the public have shown that they support this argument.”



It is expected the RCM will work with MPs to try to secure a debate about the shortage of midwives in parliament in early October.

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