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Maternity Services: Consultants

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement on page 3 of Making it better: For mother and baby regarding the number of consultants needed in a maternity unit to work within the safety margins, what estimate she has made of the number of live births in a unit required to make it sustainable. (123681)

Local managers need to take account of a range of issues. These include how their services are organised within a maternity network, the provision of safe, responsive care for women with complex and straightforward pregnancies at all times, and arrangements for transfers across the network that take into account emergencies and geographical factors.