Primary Care Groups: Midwife Representation

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd February 2000.

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Photo of Baroness Cumberlege Baroness Cumberlege Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will clarify their arrangements for midwives to be represented on primary care groups where there is no midwifery presence.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

We have made clear in guidance that we expect all community nurses and general practitioners to work together in partnership to ensure the success of primary care groups (PCGs). Community nurses is used as an inclusive term in guidance to encompass all nurses, health visitors and midwives who are mainly employed in the community. It is a matter for community nurses locally, working with their health authority, to decide how they will be represented on the boards of PCGs.

PCG boards contain nurses who have a range of broad-based skills and specialities, including midwifery. Additional nurses with specialist skills have also been co-opted onto the boards.

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