Midwives: Insurance

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received as a result of the decision of 13 January 2017 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the adequacy of indemnity insurance provided to independent midwives; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

Since the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) decision on the adequacy of indemnity arrangements for a small number of independent midwives who are members of Independent Midwives UK, the Department has received a number of pieces of correspondence from hon. Members and members of the public.

The Government supports choice in maternity services, but this has to be a safe choice. It is therefore appropriate that registered midwives are required to have adequate indemnity insurance to cover their scope of practice.

Whether or not a midwife’s indemnity cover is appropriate is a decision for the NMC as the independent regulatory body responsible for the regulation of midwives in the United Kingdom.

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Eleanor Garlick
Posted on 9 Mar 2017 4:41 pm (Report this annotation)

This is merely the same recycled inadequate answer to the previous question on the topic. With the addition that it is not the government's problem anyway as the NMC is independent. So who is the NMC answerable to if not the government?

Emma Ashworth
Posted on 12 Mar 2017 3:29 pm (Report this annotation)

The NMC state that they are NOT responsible for deciding whether a policy IS sufficient. The minister's answer is therefore incorrect. I respectfully request that the minister responds with information on how the government proposes that a policy is determined to be sufficient if the NMC are not in a position to determine this.