Derek has recently signed up to a Royal College of Midwives (RCM) pledge to maternity services from any cuts, and ensure first-class maternity care.
The RCM has launched the pledge over fears that savings that have to be made in the NHS may impact on the amount of money spent on midwives and maternity services. This comes at a time when the birthrate has been rising steeply and pregnancies & births are becoming increasingly complex.
Cathy Warwick, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "I am delighted that Derek has signed up to this pledge, and really welcome his support.
It is imperative that spending on maternity does not fall and that it matches the demands placed on maternity services. Great strides have been made in maternity provision over recent years with increasing choice and more midwives. We need to be building on this welcome progress and protecting it for the future."
"I am delighted to be adding my voice to this important campaign to protect and enhance midwifery and wider maternity services. I pay tribute to the steadfast hard work and dedication of midwives and others involved in providing care for mothers before, during and after birth. My fellow Labour MPs and I will continue to hold the Coalition Government to account regarding their commitments to this invaluable area of NHS provision."
The Pledge states: women and their babies deserve excellent NHS maternity services, protecting the quality of care they receive must be a priority as important decisions are made on public spending, and I will speak out in favour of first-class maternity care for the people I represent.
For more information visit the RCM website at www.rcm.org.uk