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MP backs maternity campaign

MP Lorely Burt has backed the Solihull News campaign to save maternity services at local Solihull Hospital.

MP Lorely Burt has backed the Solihull News campaign to save maternity services at local Solihull Hospital.

This week, Mrs Burt dropped into our office and signed one of our petition slips - which we will forward on to hospital bosses.

She is also writing a letter to Health Secretary Andy Burnham about the situation.

“I’m delighted the Solihull News has started this campaign,” she said.

“It’s absolutely outrageous that the hospital trust think they can get away with downgrading the maternity unit without any proper consultation.”

Health bosses announced last week that they would move forward with plans to make Solihull a midwifery-led unit.

In the wake of the announcement, campaigners have redoubled their efforts to stop the proposals.

A new group - Save Solihull Hospital - set up on the social networking website Facebook, has already attracted 700 members.

Maggie Throup, who has set up the group, said: “Last week’s maternity news has brought great public comment, as much in sorrow as in anger.

“Many Solihull residents have posted comments on the Facebook group and contacted me directly to express their support for our campaign which is now spreading out even further.”

Meanwhile, Meriden MP Caroline Spelman has quizzed the Government about the guidance they give to maternity services about providing resuscitation cover.

A consultation is still scheduled to take place ahead of any permanent changes - although it won’t begin until later this year.

In the meantime, you can return our petition (on the back of last week’s edition) to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX. Or send your views to the same address.

 

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