As I said in the recent debate on the National Health Service, memoranda prepared in consultation with the appropriate organisations will shortly go out commending to hospital and local health authorities, executive councils and general practitioners many of the recommendations in this Report. I will send the hon. Member copies. It will be for the authorities and practitioners concerned to consider the maternity services at Swindon in the light of these memoranda.
The recommendations concerning the maternity medical services provided by general practitioners, especially those about the future of the obstetric lists, are still under consideration, in consultation with the interested bodies.
As the hon. Gentleman will know, my medical and nursing team visited Swindon in January. There are difficulties there, as in other parts of the country, but I am advised that there is no very serious shortage of midwives there. I certainly hope that Swindon will participate in the advantages which will accrue from the recommendations in the circulars.
There are two matters here, as the right hon. Lady knows. There are the circulars containing the recommendations which I am now commending to the authorities concerned, and these are coming out very soon indeed. The question of the obstetric list is still under discussion with the professional organisations concerned.