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The impact of the redeployment of maternity staff during COVID-19

Responding to concerns raised about the mandatory redeployment of O&G staff outside of maternity services in acute trusts, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) carried out an initial and follow-up survey, inviting UK trainees, associates, members and fellows to feedback on their experiences of staffing changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The impact of the redeployment of maternity staff during COVID-19

December 2020 – follow-up report

A key recommendation of the June report was for the College to escalate these findings to the Medical Director of NHS England and Chief Executive Officers of Trusts and Boards, asking them to reconsider the redeployment of staff away from essential maternity services – this was completed in June 2020.

Read the December 2020 report

June 2020 – initial report

The RCOG recognises that some trusts/units have had major challenges in staffing COVID-19 facing and intensive care services. This report aims to identify changes in the deployment of middle grades, juniors, SAS doctors and consultants within hospitals and maternity units as well as other changes to the services.

Read the June 2020 report