Suppose you are on a flight. The intercom crackles to life and a voice says “Hello! I am Jeremy Corbyn and I am piloting your flight today. I thought you would like to know that I have been fully trained except in the details of what to do if an engine fails or there is a major fuel leak. But I am pleased to say that my senior colleague, who does know how to deal with those, is waiting at the end of a telephone in case of an emergency”.
Would you happily take off? Change the words appropriately and ask yourself whether you would like your sister, wife, daughter to fly in a midwife-led unit.
I thank my good friend, gynaecologist and legal eagle Julian Woolfson, for this parable.