THE proposal to reduce maternity cover at Solihull Hospital has touched a raw nerve.
It is only a few years ago that local campaigners battled hard, and successfully, to save the unit’s Accident and Emergency department.
Now those same campaigners are once again getting ready to fight for the maternity services.
The trouble with obstetrics is that thanks to good old Mother Nature, it’s not a precise science and anything could happen.
We are also now living in a blame society – if there’s a problem, or something goes wrong, someone is to blame.
I am sure that eight times out of ten, Solihull Hospital is fine, but just imagine if there is a complication, and something goes wrong.
How do you explain to a distraught family that unfortunately the expertise and hi-tech kit were six miles down the road at Heartlands Hospital?
You can almost hear the question: “Why wasn’t the patient taken to the hospital with the highest standards of care available?”
We all want the best for Solihull Hospital, we all want the facilities on our doorstep, but there is a grinding logic to this decision, and it doesn’t all come down to money.
Every mum-to-be wants a perfect birth and the most important person in this entire process is not the campaigner, nor the doctor or the health manager, but the patient.
Her interests must be paramount.