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Closed Petitions - Petition PE1052  
Petition by Jayne Heron calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to promote the services of independent midwives and to ensure that such services continue to be available to pregnant women in Scotland.  
Petitioner: Mr Peter Paterson  
Number of signatures: 364  
Date lodged: 2 May 2007  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1052 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1052  

2 October 2007 :   The Public Petitions Committee heard from Jayne Heron and Cassy McNamara and agreed to seek views on the petition from the Scottish Government, including all NHS Boards, the UK Department of Health, the Independent Midwives Association, the Royal College of Midwives, and the Association of British Insurers. Link to Official Report - 2 October 2007 

29 January 2008 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government on how it will support and assist independent midwives to ensure that, in line with its policy, pregnant women are given a choice in childbirth and whether the proposals being taken forward at UK level through the Health and Social Care Bill offer the best option for independent midwives and what alternatives, such as the Albany model, exist and have been suggested by it. Link to Official Report 29 January 2008 

13 May 2008 :   The Committee agreed to write to a selection of NHS boards seeking clarification of what options are available to them in terms of promoting and making available the services of independent midwives and how they are actively engaging with midwives in this. The Committee also agreed to write to the UK Department of Health to ascertain what impact the current Health and Social Care Bill will have on the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 13 May 2008 

4 November 2008 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to the specific points raised during the meeting.Link to Official Report 4 November 2008 

10 February 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a further response to the specific points raised during the meeting. Link to Official Report 10 February 2009 

16 June 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a further response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 16 June 2009  

3 November 2009 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition on the grounds that the UK Department of Health and the Scottish Government will carry out a joint review of compulsory professional indemnity for all healthcare professionals which will determine how the Scottish Government will proceed in relation to allowing independent midwives to continue to work in Scotland. Further, the petitioner asked the committee to close the petition. <Link to Official Report 3 November 2009 

 
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