RCM calls for independent investigation into One to One Midwives’ collapse

The RCM has called for an independent investigation into One to One Midwives going into administration.

The union was extremely concerned when it received notification that One to One Midwives was to go into administration at the end of July. The RCM – which has recognition at the company – received news of this only two days before and was accorded no consultation.

A statement from the union said: “We have since been, on an emergency basis, meeting and communicating with our fifty members mostly employed in the Northwest and Essex where One to One had contracts with NHS commissioners.

“We have sought to work with many stakeholders to ensure employment rights are observed, to facilitate employment in the NHS for midwives and MSWs and to support members at this difficult time. This will continue and we are grateful for the efforts of NHS England, Heads of Midwifery and our solicitors, Thompsons.

“The sudden announcement of administration of this company has caused anguish and uncertainty for women, for whom One to One provided care. We understand that transfer arrangements are now in place because the key issue is the continuing care those women booked with the company will now be receiving from the NHS.

“The RCM has long supported continuity of carer in maternity services alongside choice, as a means to deliver women centred care. The RCM is working hard to support continuity of carer within the NHS and will continue to do so whilst ensuring sustainability. We regret the move to administration of ‘One to One’ as a going concern and as an example of market failure. We have argued in many forums, not least with successive Secretaries/Ministers of State as well as with NHS England that the tariff for maternity services did not support either commercial companies or NHS provided services adequately.

“We do not know the reasons why One to One went into administration or what the financial and service issues were in detail. We, as a trade union and professional body have been engaged in picking up the pieces left over – the service to women and their families, the careers of midwives and MSWs, as well as their employment rights. It is for this reason we believe that NHS England should commission an Independent Investigation to learn lessons, to make the position transparent and to apportion responsibility, whether financial or professional.”

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