£10m boost for maternity care

Department of Health provides £10m of extra funding to maternity services to improve care.

The Department of Health has announced it will be providing £10m of extra funding to help improve the standards of maternity care in select trusts across the country.

The extra funding will be divided between 63 trusts deemed most in need, with the government hopeful the cash will be spent on new equipment and on measures to improve the environment for women before, during and after the birth.

“This £10m investment has been targeted to the areas we know need it the most,” said health minister Dr Dan Poulter. “It has also provided a boost to the local economy by supporting local, hardworking companies who will carry out the work.”

Many of the trusts have already locally announced their plans for the cash, with most planning to improve existing facilities or create new ones, such as antenatal facilities and birthing units.

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said the funding was “very welcome”.

“Last year, the first tranche of funding made a big difference to our maternity unit and mothers, babies and families are experiencing better facilities. I look forward to seeing more units reap the benefits of securing a grant,” she said.

The Department of Health offered a similar funding boost for maternity services in 2013 as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the standard of maternity care across the NHS.

“Making sure families receive a good experience when having a baby in NHS maternity units is a top priority for me, both as a doctor and a health minister,” said Dr Poulter.