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Maternity Services

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department gives to (a) primary care and (b) hospital trusts on the level of provision of maternity wards; and if she will make a statement. (81776)

It is for local primary care and hospital trusts to determine the appropriate level of provision of maternity services in their area.

The maternity standard of the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services sets out the Government's vision for women to have easy access to supportive, high-quality maternity services, designed around their individual needs and those of their babies. It asks all national health service maternity care providers and primary care trusts to plan the provision of maternity services based on an up-to-date assessment of the needs of the local population and involving service users.