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Options ‘have to be acceptable to all’

PARENTS, children, and GPs were among those who turned out to discuss the future of Solihull Hospital’s maternity services.

PARENTS, children, and GPs were among those who turned out to discuss the future of Solihull Hospital’s maternity services.

Around 100 people attended the workshop at the Renewal Christian Centre last week. Health bosses had organised the event to gauge the opinion of the local public and stakeholders.

A panel of clinical experts outlined the challenges involved in providing a safe, high quality, and sustainable maternity service in Solihull. But a number of people called on the authorities to recognise the borough’s growing population and argued that, if anything, the services needed to be bolstered.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman was among those in the workshop. She also voiced concerns about meeting the needs of a rising number of residents.

“These plans will not only have huge consequences for Solihull itself, but also other hospitals that will be taking the extra work,” she said. The concern among many local people is that health bosses will press ahead with plans to stop all high-risk births at Solihull – with patients being transferred to other local hospitals.

Dr Patrick Brooke, medical director for Solihull NHS Care Trust, said he was pleased by the level of attendance: “We have always been clear that no decisions have been taken about the future shape of maternity services at Solihull Hospital.

“While I acknowledge concerns current maternity services do not meet new national best practise guidelines, I need the options we put forward to resolve this to be acceptable to clinicians and users.”

 

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