Jonathan says It was back last summer when I brought to wider public attention the risk that the “temporary” suspension of birthing services at Macclesfield Hospital might become permanent, under cover of the pandemic crisis.
At the time, we were told that these vital, local health services would not be closed for good, but also not re-instated before October last year.
In the Autumn, the suspension was extended to Spring 2021.
At an extraordinary meeting in February, the Trust Board approved a plan, which meant a further 6 months without these services, but which also promised a deadline of September.
Now, in correspondence from the Trust’s Chief Executive, I have learned that this plan, too, is in trouble. It seems that the September deadline may well be missed, taking the suspension beyond 18 months, and leading to yet more concern that re-instatement of full, local, maternity services is still a long way off. I urge everyone to join me in pressing the Trust’s Board to find a solution to this issue at its next Board meeting on 1st. July, when I will be submitting key questions on behalf of families across Cheshire, and of the Trust’s skilled maternity workforce.