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Interesting times! The government have started a review on Maternity Services and they plan to implement changes to the current system over the next five years. The idea is that each woman is given a budget that she can use to plan her own care. The NHS already have a scheme called 'personal health budgets' in place if the person is receiving Continuing Health Care. I did listen to a radio interview a few weeks ago where the elderly people in receipt of this budget were really happy with the freedom of choice they could make with regard to their care. How this will all work for the maternity sector will remain to be seen. You can follow the link for the full Maternity Review here https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/02/maternity-review-2/. I will be posting more views on this as and when information comes forth.
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To make care more personal and family friendly, the report says that the following is needed:
Personalised care, centred on the woman, her baby and her family, based around their needs and their decisions, where they have genuine choice, informed by unbiased information.
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