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Maternity Services

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement that 2,500 live births a year at the Calderdale and Huddersfield maternity units were insufficient births to keep consultant staff at each unit fully occupied and up-to-date as specialists as referred to in her Department’s publication Making it Better: For Mother and Baby. (121572)

The reconfiguration of maternity services in Calderdale and Huddersfield, to focus consultant-led services at Calderdale Royal Hospital, with a high quality midwife-led unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, will enable viable local 24-hour consultant cover which provides sufficient practice for consultants to meet the standards set for education and training by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and meets the European Working-Time Directive for junior doctors. The proposals were scrutinised by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, which found them to be the most appropriate way to deliver safe, effective and accessible maternity services for the 21st century.