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Maternity Services: Banbury

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department expects the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust to issue guidance to GPs in Banbury on which hospitals to refer expectant mothers. (144084)

“Maternity Matters: Choice Access and Continuity of Care in a safe environment” has introduced a new national choice guarantee for women. This means that by 2009 all women will have choice in where and how they have their baby, and what pain relief to use, depending on their individual circumstances.

I understand Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals National Health Service Trust will work in accordance with the guidelines of “Maternity Matters” to ensure there is a clear understanding of the choice of local midwifery and obstetric services.