The Professional Standards Authority will carry out a review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s handling of Morecambe Bay midwife cases.
On 17 February, the Department of Health wrote on behalf of the Secretary of State to the Authority to ask whether the Authority would be willing to exercise its discretion under section 26 of the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 and carry out an independent lessons learned review into the handling of the Morecambe Bay midwife cases. The Nursing and Midwifery Council are also of the view that the Authority is best placed to conduct this review.
The Authority has agreed and will start the review once all cases are completed so that they are not compromised.
The terms of reference for the review will be drawn up in consultation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Department of Health and other stakeholders and will be published in due course.