Midwives have called on the government to end the policy of charging some migrants for maternity care, saying it undermines trust and creates a climate of fear among vulnerable pregnant women.
A report by Maternity Action, backed by the Royal College of Midwives, says some women were seeking maternity care late in pregnancy, missing tests and treatments, or completely avoiding antenatal care for fear of charges and Home Office sanctions.
“Midwives should not act as gatekeepers to maternity services,” said Gill Walton, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives.
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Source: BMJ, 9 September 2019