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January 13, 2017

NMC decision regarding indemnity arrangements for IMUK members.

Our professional regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have issued a decision that the indemnity cover that our members rely on is not appropriate. The implication of that decision is that currently our members may no longer provide the midwifery care that their clients want and are unable to support them through labour and birth.

We are confident that the indemnity arrangements that are in place for our members are appropriate and that they comply fully with the requirements of the law.
We have been advised that the decision the NMC has taken is unlawful and some individual members of IMUK are pursuing a legal challenge; their solicitors are awaiting a formal response from the NMC as to whether they will withdraw their decision.  We cannot comment further on the proposed legal proceedings at this stage.

In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to put in place suitable alternative arrangements to ensure that our member’s clients can still enjoy the birth experience of their choice in safety. We are in urgent discussions with NHS England about the practical issues that the NMC’s decision has created in this regard. The midwifery director and chief nurse in NHS England are being supportive and are helping our efforts.

The health and safety of the women under their care remains the first priority for all our members and we will continue to work with our members and NHS England to achieve that within the constraints imposed by the decision of the NMC.

We appreciate your support during this turmultuous time and whilst we prioritise our members and their clients.   Please follow our social media channels for further updates.

 

Our professional regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have issued a decision that the indemnity cover that our members rely on is not appropriate. The implication of that decision is that currently our members may no longer provide the midwifery care that their clients want and are unable to support them through labour and […]

 
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