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Maternity Services

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of provision of maternity services in (a) Upminster and (b) England. (274111)

In 2008, the Healthcare Commission published ‘Towards better births, a review of maternity services in England’ which assessed the quality, capability and efficiency of maternity services in England.

There has been no local assessment of maternity services in Upminster specifically, but a general assessment of midwifery services in the area highlighted the need for more resources in midwifery and support services. Investment and recruitment plans are already in place to address this issue.

22. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest assessment is of the adequacy of maternity services in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) England. (274120)

In 2008, the Healthcare Commission published “Towards better births, a review of maternity services in England” which assessed the quality, capability and efficiency of maternity services in England.

Peterborough Primary Care Trust commissions most of its maternity services from Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This includes the births at home, within the midwifery led unit and in the obstetric unit. The caesarean section rate is one of the lowest in the country.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest assessment is of the adequacy of maternity services in (a) Gravesham and (b) England. (274113)

In 2008, the Healthcare Commission published ‘Towards better births, a review of maternity services in England’ which assessed the quality, capability and efficiency of maternity services in England.

The South East Coast Strategic Health Authority undertook a needs-assessment of maternity services across west Kent in 2008.