Sunday, March 08, 2015

Maternity report delayed

Publication of a controversial report into maternity services as West Cumberland Hospital has been delayed.
An independent review by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists into maternity services throughout Cumbria had originally been expected to be completed by the end of February, but it is now thought likely to be finished in March.
A spokeswoman for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“We had thought that the report may have been completed in February but such reviews are complex and we are grateful to the Royal College for doing this for us.

“Following consideration of the report by the CCGs it will be shared with all interested parties including the public. We would like to stress that we understand the high level of interest in this report and would wish to make it available as soon as possible.”

She added: “We commissioned the report to provide independent, objective and expert clinical advice to support the local NHS in making the best and safest possible decisions about future arrangements for maternity services.

“In considering the report we will of course we taking into consideration the findings of the Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation. We will also be taking a close interest in the national review of maternity services that has been announced by NHS England.”

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