Maternity Action has brought together 22 health professional groups, unions and charities to call for a meaningful review of NHS charging rather than the unsatisfactory ‘internal policy assessment’ being undertaken by the Department of Health and Social Care.
The joint letter was signed by organisations working with healthcare professionals, pregnant women, survivors of gender-based violence and torture, migrants and refugees, including the British Medical Association, the Faculty of Public Health, the Royal College Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The letter asks:
- That the full terms of reference of the review are made public
- That the opportunity to provide evidence to the review be open to all interested stakeholders
- That the timescale for stakeholders to contribute to the review be extended to the end of September
- That the full report be publicly released