Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, is encouraging her constituents to participate in a consultation being undertaken by NHS England about maternity services.
NHS England’s announcement says the following:
Dear Member of Parliament,
The NHS Maternity Review wants to hear what you think is good about maternity services and what could be done to improve them. All comments will contribute to the work of the review which will publish its recommendations by the end of the year. The consultation is open until 31 October to anyone with an interest in maternity, including women and their families, professionals, commissioners and other organisations.
Led by independent chair Baroness Julia Cumberlege, the review is assessing maternity services in England and will consider how they should be developed to meet the changing needs of women and babies.
You can take part here.
NHS England: High quality care for all, now and for future generations
Maria said: 'Maternity issues have been an issue in the area for some time, following changes to maternity services a few years ago. I am delighted Baroness Cumberlege is chairing the review as she is a highly respected former Minister. I do hope my constituents will take part in the consultation. The date for ensuring submissions are considered is the 31st October.
I have also made a representation to the Review particularly since maternity services have been moved to Hastings. Women from Polegate, Seaford, Alfriston and East Dean are having to travel 90 minutes to access maternity services. Many are now giving birth on the way.’