Jamie Reed – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Jamie Reed on 2016-07-11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his oral contribution of 5 July 2016, Official Report, column 734, if he will accord consultant-led maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital the same level of priority as those in North Devon.

Ben Gummer

Maternity safety is a priority for this Government and this applies to all maternity services nationally, including at West Cumberland Hospital.

In November 2015, we announced an ambitious campaign to halve the national rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth, by 2030. The report of the National Maternity Review, Better Births was published in February. A Maternity Transformation Programme Board has been set up to drive forward the vision for maternity services as set out in Better Births. The Board is led by NHS England but it is cross-system and the Department will have an important role to play in leading the safety workstream, recognising that safety is a ‘golden thread’ running through the programme. The Board is independently chaired by Sarah-Jane Marsh and met for the first time on 8 June.