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Maternity Services: Admissions

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the grounds are for a maternity unit to be required to close temporarily to admissions for safety reasons. (150275)

Demand for beds in maternity units is by its very nature unpredictable. There are various factors that influence the decision to close a maternity unit for a period of time, including staff and bed availability and the number of women and complexity of care needed. It is important that in circumstances where a unit considers or actually does close, systems and guidelines are in place to ensure pregnant women continue to have access to alternative maternity services and safe provision of care.