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Maternity Units

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the number of home births if Stroud maternity unit closes; (75989)

(2) if she will carry out an evaluation into the closure of Stroud maternity unit, including evidence from service users.

The Government are committed to offering, by 2009, all women the choice of how and where they give birth, including in hospital, a midwifery-led unit and at home.

It is for primary care trusts and national health service trusts to determine the appropriate pattern of service-provision locally, taking into account the needs of local people, evidence of effectiveness and available resources.