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RCN responds to NICE safe staffing guideline for midwives

Responding to new NICE safe staffing guidance for midwives, Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN said: “This important guidance makes it clear that the safety of women and their babies requires one midwife to each woman during birth.

“The link between staffing levels and safe care is undisputable, and all managers must familiarise themselves with this guidance, which rightly puts the needs of women and their babies at the centre of decisions around staffing levels.”