SAMPLE LETTER (please use as much as you choose to or write your own)
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I would like to protest in the strongest possible terms about the proposed mandatory professional indemnity insurance (PII) for registered midwives. I understand that The Independent Midwives Association has been attempting to obtain PII without success for many years. It is not available worldwide. If Independent Midwives are unable to practice there is no doubt that at best women would be denied choice and at worst women and babies lives will be put at risk as I am sure some women will choose to birth alone rather than use the NHS.
We live in a free society where an individual should be able to make their own free informed choices about the type of health care they receive and not be dictated to by a government. Furthermore as far as I am aware there has been no public consultation about this issue.
Whilst I agree in principle on the “free at the point of delivery” ideals of the NHS continuity is rarely available at this important time of a woman’s life. The NHS maternity services have difficulty offering true informed choice as the needs of the organization often override the needs of the women. Evidence is overwhelming in its message that one continuous care giver improves outcomes for mothers and babies and employing an independent midwife is the only way to ensure continuity.
There is a national shortage of midwives, newly qualified midwives are without job prospects and therefore the Government should be committed to improving that situation rather than making moves which will see the loss of 200 more of these dedicated and committed professionals. If the government feels that professional indemnity insurance is vital for health care professionals then it should make it available to Independent Midwives.
[IF YOU ARE A PRESENT OR PAST CLIENT PLEASE PUT IN HERE A FEW SENTENCES ABOUT YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE. YOU MAY LIKE TO ADD YOUR BABY’S FIRST NAME TO ADD PERSONAL IMPACT. IF YOU HAD PREVIOUS BAD OR DISAPPOINTING CARE YOU MAY WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE MAIN POINTS. IF YOU HAD TO BUDGET TO PAY YOUR IM HER FEE SAY IT CLEARLY. MAKE AN IMPACT. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE TO SAY THAT INSURANCE WAS DISCUSSED AND YOU MADE AN INFORMED CHOICE TO GO AHEAD DESPITE KNOWING YOUR MIDWIFE PRACTISED WITHOUT IT.]
Please do not leave women without choice.