This document provides a guide to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 (the Notice). This document is designed to assist providers of primary maternity services in understanding the Notice and how this Notice has changed from the current Section 88 Notice for Maternity Services issued in 2002 (the 2002 Notice).
The Notice includes changes to the current service specifications, quality requirements and claiming processes. The format has been revised to make the Notice more user friendly and it has been updated to reflect current contracting practice in the health sector and to recognise recent legislative changes (e.g. the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003). Other high level improvements in the Notice include:
- encouraging continuity of service delivery within the first trimester and with other parts of the primary health care sector
- making the Notice clearer and more workable by removing anomalies and inconsistencies in the 2002 Notice
- including quality requirements that are consistent with the quality requirements applied across the health sector
- allowing organisations to hold a Notice for ease of administration.
A complete mapping of clauses between the 2002 Notice and the Notice is attached to this guide as Appendix 2.
The rest of this guide will go through each of the parts to the Notice to highlight the changes from the 2002 Notice