Changes to maternity services, like those seen at Eastbourne DGH, must never be allowed to happen again.
That’s according to East Dean’s MP, Maria Caulfield, who’s given her backing to a ten-minute rule motion, which looked to bring in a Bill that would see NHS Trusts & healthcare commissioning authorities having to hold consultations before making sweeping changes to services.
The motion, which came before the Commons Chamber on Tuesday (26th October) was orchestrated by the Member of Parliament for Banbury, Victoria Prentis, and presented by 11 other MP’s, including Ms Caulfield.
If the Bill – which goes forward for its second reading in the Commons Chamber on the 27 January – is successful, it will increase the accountability of trusts and commissioning authorities, ensuring that public consultations are very much a part of the process when major changes to service provision are proposed.
Maria said, “I was delighted to be able to support Victoria Prentis in presenting this Ten-Minute Rule Motion, and will support her in the Chamber on the 27 January for its second reading.
“It is really important that the public are consulted on changes that could have a very real impact upon their lives. We saw, before I was elected sweeping changes to local maternity services that were moved from Eastbourne to Hastings, despite people voicing genuine concern. This must never happen again and it is why I have put my name to this bill which will give a greater voice to my constituents.”