We have a Secretary of State's ruling that both Eastbourne and Hastings need consultant-led maternity services - it is down to East Sussex Health Trust to deliver this. The Trust needs to make public, full information on its failed efforts to retain or recruit staff.
I may not have clinical expertise but as a mum I do have personal experience as a DGH Mum. I had no underlying medical conditions, no history of complications and an event free pregnancy, and I seemed all set for a midwife-led delivery, however, birth is not so predictable, and in my case, the consultant had to attend in order to lead an emergency delivery.
My point: the consultant was on hand at the DGH, and not on the end of a telephone.
Midwife-led units are designed to offer additional choice to mums, in other words, 'as well as' not 'instead of' consultant-led units. Looking at other MLUs around the country, they talk of swift access to consultant services: 'downstairs', 'along the hall', 'adjacent' 'same wing' ‘same floor’. Hastings, at over twenty miles, is just too far. I personally find these proposals deeply worrying.”