Maternity services in the Bay of Plenty are continuing to improve thanks to strong clinical leadership by health professionals, says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Tony visited BOP midwives this week to discuss the Maternity Quality and Safety workshops which took place across the country over the past few months.
“Safer maternity services are a priority for the Government – that’s why we’ve put an extra $103 million over four years into improving maternity services.
“The workshops are part of the Maternity Quality and Safety programme, launched last year, which aims to ensure women and babies have the same high standard of care throughout New Zealand.”
Tony says a key part of the programme is bringing community and hospital maternity professionals together to discuss how they can lead and implement the programme to improve the quality and safety of maternity services in their region.
“We’re seeing midwives, obstetricians, GPs, anaesthetists working together in a way we’ve not seen before. This is a great practical example of clinical leadership.”
Initiatives being implemented by each district health board under the Maternity Quality and Safety programme include:
· new maternity standards to guide planning, funding and monitoring.
· new referral guidelines for routine and emergency transfers of mothers between midwives and specialists.
· clinical indicators for benchmarking by district health board and facility.
Tony says midwives have done a great deal in changing midwifery care in New Zealand over the past five years.
“Midwifery attracts a lot of media attention particularly when things go wrong. The College, Council and I acknowledge their hard work.