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On air to knock maternity plans

BOTH borough MPs appeared on TV at the weekend and condemned proposals to reduce maternity services at Solihull Hospital.

BOTH borough MPs appeared on TV at the weekend and condemned proposals to reduce maternity services at Solihull Hospital.

Lorely Burt (Lib Dem, Solihull) and Caroline Spelman (Con, Meriden) were on Sunday’s edition of The Politics Show.

Their appearance follows two rallies last week and renewed pressure on health bosses to keep services in the borough.

Speaking on the BBC show, Mrs Spelman said: “This is about life and death, this is about the safety of the mother and the safety of the baby. It’s vitally important that we get paediatric services back to make sure babies and mums are safe.”

She also highlighted the distance that many women would have to travel to Heartlands if they were not able to give birth at Solihull.

Mrs Burt added: “At the moment 2,700 women a year give birth at Solihull.

“If we go to a midwife-led system, only 700 women will be allowed to give birth at Solihull.”

This week campaigner Maggie Throup asked parents to write to health bosses with their concerns.

All letters should be sent to Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham B9 5SS.

The trust maintains that no decisions have been made about Solihull and a formal consultation process will be launched soon.

To see last Sunday’s feature on the maternity services, you can watch the programme at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer.

 

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