Report finds police evidence of unfit midwives was ignored for years by NMC

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A report has found there is no evidence the NMC acted on information shared by Cumbria Police about midwives under investigation who posed a risk to public.

The report found the NMC ignored warnings from police for nearly two years. Findings from the review have said the NMC has still not addressed cultural failings, which led it to disregard families’ safety concerns, or come clean about its mistakes.

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA), the watchdog for the UK’s healthcare regulatory bodies, found that the NMC’s response was “inadequate”.

Harry Cayton, chief executive of the PSA, has said:-

“Although the NMC has made good progress with its technical handling of complaints and concerns, there remain cultural problems which it must remedy in order for the public to have confidence in its ability to protect them from harm.”

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