MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has voiced fresh concerns about whether Heartlands Hospital will be able to cope with the influx of pregnant mums from Solihull.
With just over a week until changes begin at Solihull’s maternity ward, Mrs Spelman has written to Health Secretary Andy Burnham and said that he “can’t wash his hands” of the situation.
She fears that Heartlands will not be sufficiently staffed to deal with the increased number of women.
“They shouldn’t be closing down the unit at Solihull, until they’ve done a proper assessment about how it will work,” she said.
Earlier this year, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust told the Solihull News that Heartlands was making various preparations to ensure it was ready for the changes.
From April 26, the full maternity unit will close at Solihull – with just two midwives staying on, in case a pregnant woman is brought into the A&E.
The changes were also discussed at this week’s meeting of Full Council
Coun Peter Hogarth (Con, Silhill) said that the situation was of concern to “200,000 residents in the borough.”
Coun Mick Corser (Lab, Chelmsley Wood) said: “I think one of the things we are quite disappointed in, is that Moniter [the health watchdog] don’t have the power to step in.”