This recent article highlights a worrying trend in Britain’s state maternity services.

Reportedly, support workers are being encouraged to carry out key maternity duties in NHS hospitals that up until recently were undertaken by experienced and appropriately trained midwives.

While NFR never advocates state professional regulation and generally welcomes the brining down of professional barriers it is nevertheless vital that the monitoring of foetal heart rates, mothers’ blood pressure and the testing of babies for serious diseases is delivered in a high quality and appropriate manner.

Having no doubt wasted its many extra billions of pounds in recent years, the NHS is continuing to nose dive in public trust. British readers will not be surprised when NFR suggests that just as NHS dentistry has virtually collapsed maternity services will not be far behind.

Mums and dads beware: if you want a baby in a safe and secure environment, take a tip: save your pounds and go private.