Shropshire midwifery hubs ‘will be for better’ –

The news of the plans, which are subject to consultation, has angered campaigners who want to see births return to the midwife led units at Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry, which are currently closed because of a shortage of midwives.

Councillor Huffer, who is also a practising nurse, added: “The whole consultation over the future of rural maternity units has been a charade. This proposal makes a mockery of all of us who gave time up to attend so-called consultation workshops.”

Ludlow councillor Tracey Huffer has been highly critical of the plan.

She said: “Getting to your place of birth in time is the main thing that mothers-to-be are concerned about and the excellent triage services will enable midwives to ensure that happens.

The units, which have been closed to women giving birth for the past six months due to staffing problems, are due to reopen on January 1.

“This was a service under extreme pressure and now is exactly the right time to take a look at its future.”


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