Medway Maritime warned about maternity services

The Care and Quality Commission (CQC) has warned Medway NHS Foundation Trust to improve maternity and midwifery services at Medway Maritime Hospital.


An unannounced inspection of the hospital took place in August ‘to inspect only the Regulated Activity for Maternity and Midwifery Services provided by the Trust… In each area of the unit we looked to see if the service was safe, effective, caring, well-led, and responsive to people’s needs.’ (CQC Inspection Report).


CQC has issued three formal warnings to the trust as it failed to meet any of the six standards checked. The warnings were issued over: staffing; supporting workers; and assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.


Teresa Murray, Medway Labour’s spokesperson for health, stated that: “This latest report reinforces what we’ve known for some time now: Tory cuts to frontline services are really damaging the NHS and they hurt the vulnerable disproportionately. One of the biggest impact the cuts have is on staffing; the report highlighted that the Trust does not have enough qualified members of staff to meet the needs of pregnant women. Medway Labour Group want to work with the hospital to make sure that all patients feel safe when they need care and staff feel confident that they can deliver”


Vince Maple, Leader of Medway Labour Group, said: “We must recognise the hard work done by members of staff working in maternity and midwifery. The extreme pressure put on hospitals is indicative of the Tory cuts. The hard working NHS staff and the people who rely on its services deserve better.”