Save the NHS, save women’s local health services

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Conference
2014 National Women's Conference
Date
17 October 2013
Decision
Carried

This conference notes that despite the Health Service apparently being outside the cuts there have been many reductions in hospital services across the country and often these are those that provide specialist services to women. 11 hospitals have already lost maternity services since 2010.

The closure of local maternity units will force women to travel miles to another hospital. In the West Midlands the regrettable events and subsequent investigation at Mid Staffordshire Hospital are being used as grounds for the possible closure of the consultant led maternity unit.

If the closure goes ahead women will have to travel approximately 20 miles to the nearest maternity unit. Staffordshire is a large rural county and women may face journey times of up to one hour and expensive taxi journeys if they don’t have access to cars.

This Conference calls upon the National Women’s Committee to work with the National Executive Council and the Valuing Maternity Campaign to continue to campaign for properly funded and resourced maternity services.

Furthermore this conference calls upon the National Women’s Committee to work with the National Labour Link committee to campaign for proper maternity services as part of the 2015 general election campaign.