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MP in call for childbirth specialist

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has called for a paediatrician to be based full-time at Solihull Hospital because of the need for safe maternity services.

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has called for a paediatrician to be based full-time at Solihull Hospital because of the need for safe maternity services.

She maintained it was “too dangerous” to rely on a specialist doctor at Heartlands Hospital driving six miles to Solihull to deal with a childbirth complication.

“Usually, it will take only about half an hour to reach Solihull but at peak times or if the traffic is congested it could be a lot longer,” she said.

The mother-of-three added: “It is of paramount importance that every pregnant woman is offered safe and reliable services on the NHS at Solihull.

“Any mum will know that a delivery is ‘normal’ until things start going wrong, and that can happen very suddenly. So my objective is to get a paediatrician in place at Solihull Hospital to support our excellent midwives in their role.”

Maternity services are due to be downgraded by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals.

As part of her campaign, Mrs Spelman has written to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, pointing out that a hospital in Oxfordshire, smaller than Solihull, was allowed to keep a paediatrician to support maternity services.

“Horton Hospital in Banbury recorded 1,553 live births in 2007 compared with 2,800 at Solihull,” she said. “Yet an independent review panel concluded that maternity and paediatrics should be maintained there because of its importance to local people”

 

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