Welsh Labour’s Member of the Senedd for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Dawn Bowden MS, has welcomed the announcement that a Maternity and Neonatal champion will be appointed to the Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Aneurin Bevan University Health Boards to improve the quality of services in a new £1.15m Welsh Government plan.
They will work with a new team reporting to the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales to improve the safety, experience and outcomes for mothers and babies in Wales.
The Maternity and Neonatal Safety Support Programme in Wales will ensure clear and consistent approach to maternity and neonatal safety across Wales.
The first phase will see Improvement Cymru supporting Health Boards to identify key priorities and improvements which the Programme will deliver, to ensure every child is provided with the best start in life. The maternity and neonatal champions in each Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust will drive forward these improvements locally.
The champions will report back to a national steering group to consider national challenges including the impact on services from the pandemic and support the delivery the Maternity Five Year Vision.
Welcoming the announcement, Dawn Bowden MS said:
“I am delighted that the needs of women and children have been recognised as part of the Welsh Government’s Maternity and Neonatal Support Programme. Putting them at the heart of our decision making processes will ensure that all women, babies, and their families get the highest quality of care which meets their needs.
“Reducing health inequalities and ensuring an inclusive, patient focused service is a key Welsh Government priority. This programme will lay the foundations for making these the priorities central to all NHS Wales services.”
The programme has been set-up following the learning from the recommendations of the review into Maternity and Neonatal Services in Cwm Taf Morgannwg and the recently published Quality and Safety Framework which recognised the need for a thorough, consistent, and strategic approach to safety in maternity services.