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Tory vow on closure halt

SHADOW Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has pledged that the Tories would continue maternity services at Solihull Hospital until after a consultation.

SHADOW Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has pledged that the Tories would continue maternity services at Solihull Hospital until after a consultation.

In a letter to Conservative candidate Maggie Throup, he said that if the party is elected it would stop the forced closure of A&E and maternity wards.

“I would require the Primary Care Trust to commission continuing maternity services at Solihull, pending the outcome of a locally-led and clinician-led review of maternity services,” he said.

Full-maternity services come to an end on Monday and work will begin to train a midwifery-led unit.

But Ms Throup told the Solihull News that the gap between the closure and polling day was very small.

“It’s less than two working weeks, so I would hope that few changes would have been made in that time,” she said.

“I’m very pleased by the response I have received, it’s what we have been saying all along, but it’s good to have it in black and white.”

A spokeswoman for Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust said that it could not comment on political issues in the run-up to the election.

“The current timetable will continue as planned and we will wait to see what happens at the election” she added.

The maternity row flared-up again this week, with news that Good Hope Hospital, in Sutton Coldfield, had turned away expectant mums last year.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said this was further proof that hospitals would struggle to cope with the mums who can no longer give birth in Solihull.

 

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