A not so sure start

At the time of the last election, David Cameron made dismissive remarks about the success of Sure Start, although the service was popular with the families who used it.

He said he intended to reduce the Sure Start scheme and to use the money saved to fund home visits by health visitors and midwives.

Now we learn that in future midwives may only make home visits in “exceptional circumstances” and that midwives will be removed from doctors’ surgeries and relocated to just three central hubs serving the whole of North Devon.

It was recently announced that the new Clinical Commissioning Group, which awards contracts, has implemented reduced funding for the midwifery service and that this has been dictated by the national tariff to which the Clinical Commissioning Groups have to adhere.

So much for “localism”.


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Ursula Southwood

Ilfracombe

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