THE DREAM of having a Midwife Led Unit (MLU) in Redditch has been shattered according the chair of Save the Alex after it was decided at the Clinical Commissioning Group meeting yesterday (Thursday) it would not be financially feasible.
The original clinical model for the future of the Alex proposed a consultant lead service in the North of Worcestershire as well as the MLU but now neither are in the region’s future.
The CCG decided not to put the question surrounding the unit to the public and therefore their views on whether it is needed or not will be heard.
Chairman Neal Stote said: “This is a slap in the face to the people of Redditch that they will not even be asked what they think on this.
“It begs the question, what will they be asking to consult on during the consultation?
“This is yet another broken promise.”
Reports on MLU state it would cost £1million a year to run the service which would mean they would need to see 300 women give birth there a year to break even, which will not happen.
“I am curious to know where they have got these figures from,” Mr Stote added. “The last report showed between six and 800 women would be going there.
Pregnant women will now have to take the trip Worcester to give birth as Birmingham Women’s Hospital is at full capacity.
A spokesperson for NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “A number of key factors were looked at when producing this report – the impact of the Meadow Birth Centre, which opened in April 2015, neonatal nursing staff shortages and a focus on how the Worcestershire Royal Hospital has coped with the increased number of women giving birth there.
“The members of the NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Governing Body have this morning supported this recommendation.
“The CCG want local women to have as much choice as possible when giving birth, so will instead, look into the possibility of conducting a separate study outside of the Future of Acute Hospitals Services programme to look at whether this facility is viable locally.”