The Maternity Review Rides into Town.

November 7, 2016

On the 4th November 2016, Liverpool Women’s Hospital board heard a report on how the Maternity Review is to be implemented in Liverpool and Merseyside. It was an object lesson in lack-of-context.

Save Liverpool Women's Hospital

On the 4th November 2016, Liverpool Women’s Hospital board heard a report on how the Maternity Review is to be implemented in Liverpool and Merseyside. It was not a pretty picture. Little reference to the background reality, of shortages, cuts and  privatization, but the proposals open up a real risk to the hospital services.

Senior staff at the meeting indicated real concerns, the first time we have seen this.

Maternity care needs more resources from central government. There is nothing more important than the safe birth of babies, nothing at all.

First, the Reality Check. before we look at the detail of the Maternity Review.

The government itself said “NHS England has estimated that the total NHS cost for delivering maternity services in 2013/14 was £4.7bn. This does not capture some costs, such as expenditure on perinatal mental health, which was taken into account as part of the work…

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