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A five year vision of maternity care in Wales, 03/07/2019 [W]

17.07.19

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething AM, has published the plan for Maternity care in Wales for the next five years.

The plan has five core principles, which direct the commitments, national actions and organisational or health board actions that have been planned.

The five principles are:

  • Family Centred Care – women will receive personalised care, reflecting their needs and choices
  • Safe and Effective Care – “risk, intervention and variation [will be] reduced wherever possible”
  • Continuity of Carer – All women will have a named midwife, and a named obstetrician, where needed.
  • Skilled Multi-professional teams – care will come from multi-professional teams and women will have access to specialist services.
  • Sustainable Quality Services – maternity services in Wales will be designed so that they are of the highest possible quality and so that level of quality can be maintained.

Maternity care in Wales: a five year vision for the future (2019 -2024) goes into much greater detail in the body of the report. It sets out what actions will be taken in Wales to put these principles in place.