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Local MP publishes report into returning a maternity service to the Alex

Redditch Editorial 19th Jul, 2022   0

MP FOR Redditch, Rachel Maclean, has published a report into how a maternity service could be returned to the Alexandra Hospital.

Published today (July 19th), Mrs Maclean’s report called ‘Returning a maternity service to the Alexandra Hospital,’ makes the case for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to provide a maternity service at Redditch’s hospital.

The report looks at how maternity services are provided in other parts of England, including Gloucestershire, which has a similar population size to Worcestershire, where maternity services are provided at three hospitals.

Mrs Maclean said: “Ever since I was re-elected in 2019, I have been doing everything I can to ensure women in Redditch can once again give birth at the Alex.

“During the emergency phase of the pandemic there were times where it would not have been appropriate of me to raise this campaign when rightly the Trust was focussed on saving as many lives as possible.

“However, the work behind the scenes never stopped and this has culminated in this comprehensive, detailed and realistic report which forms part of my long-term plan for the Alex which will also be published in due course.

“My report has been sent to the Chief Executive of our Acute Trust and he must now respond in detail to the points that have been made in the report. I will also be holding an Alex Working Group meeting with the Trust to discuss this further.

“I’ve never promised it would be easy to return services to the Alex, but I’ve never given up on anything in my life and I’m not about to start now.”

A second report will follow into how she believes paediatric services can be returned to the Alex.

She added: “As well as a hospital where women can give birth again, I also want to see paediatric services returned to the Alex.

“I will be setting out how I think this can be achieved in a further report which also forms part of my long-term plan for the Alex.”

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