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Anger over plan to close small maternity units

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/05/2011

Jeremy Laurance

"Small NHS maternity units face closure to improve safety standards and help economies across the health service.

"Experts said yesterday that those maternity units lacking access to specialist expertise should be closed to protect the lives of mothers and babies - although such closures will mean some expectant mothers having to travel further to give birth.

"Responding to yesterday's investigation by The Independent into the crisis in maternity care, Nigel Edwards, the acting chief executive of the NHS Confederation, representing NHS trusts, said: "There is a broad consensus that there needs to be a substantial change in the provision of maternity services involving the downgrading or closure of smaller units to provide safer services. The changes are necessary in order to have appropriate consultant cover but it is important they are not seen as a cost-saving measure, though they may prevent trusts spending more.""

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"Anger over plan to close small maternity units", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2011. Consulté le 28/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/anger-over-plan-to-close-small-maternity-units