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Maternity Services: Closures

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many maternity units in England have closed since May 2005. (198451)

This information is not collected centrally. Any decisions on changes to services should be locally led and transparent, with full consultation with local people. It is only right that decisions about service reconfiguration and which maternity units remain open or close, are matters for local primary care trusts to determine, taking into account local population needs, priorities and resources, and having followed all appropriate processes, including public consultation.