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Maternity Services: Disadvantaged

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what effect she expects the recommendations in the report by Dr. Sheila Shribman, “Making it better: For mother and baby”, commissioned by her Department, to have on maternity services in areas of urban and rural deprivation; (124106)

(2) how the recommendations of the report by Dr. Sheila Shribman, Making it better: For mother and baby”, commissioned by her Department, will inform the work of primary care trusts in redesigning maternity services.

Dr. Shribman’s report did not make specific recommendations. However, it did set out the clinical case for change in maternity services to ensure all women have access to high-quality, safe and responsive services. We will shortly be publishing a document which will describe a programme for improving choice, access and continuity of care in maternity services. The document will set out how commissioners can use the health reform agenda to ensure their services are sensitive to the needs of their population and take into account geographical and health inequality factors.