Guernsey midwives may be given more powers

Midwives in Guernsey may be given the power to admit patients to hospital and refer them for treatment.

The Health and Social Services Department also wants control of who can and who can not refer patients, rather than having it laid down in law.

The current rules under which medical professionals have the authority to admit patients for treatment or tests date back to 1990.

Health Minister Hunter Adam said times have changed since the rules were made.

He said midwives were now overseeing about 70% of births without the intervention of an obstetrician.

Deputies will be asked to agree the changes at the meeting of the States in January.

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