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'Every midwife and nurse has a responsibility to speak up' -NMC

Nursing and Midwifery Council

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NMC welcomes report on Kirkup investigation into University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust.

The NMC welcomes the report into maternity and neonatal services at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith, said:

“We recognise that it has taken too long to deal with individual complaints and we are sorry that the delay has caused distress to the families affected. We have speeded up the time it takes us to deal with complaints, but we know we need to do more.

“Today’s report makes very significant recommendations which we will consider carefully. Every midwife and nurse has a responsibility to speak up when things go wrong and the work we are doing with the GMC on the Duty of Candour will reinforce that duty to speak up.  

“We are pleased that the Inquiry and the Department of Health have acknowledged the need to remove supervision from our legislation. With the necessary and long overdue changes to our legislation, we can make further improvements.

“What happened to the families at Morecambe Bay was awful and we have a duty, when things go wrong to act swiftly.”