Maternity Services

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1976.

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Photo of Dr David Owen Dr David Owen , Plymouth, Devonport 12:00 am, 27th April 1976

There are areas where economies can be made in the National Health Service. I welcome the hon. Gentleman's support in looking at the rationalisation of maternity services, which will undoubtedly mean the closure of some small units, particularly those close to large hospitals. The other question relates to establishment figures, which are often above what can be currently afforded. In some areas we want staff and are finding it difficult to recruit them and in others we have considerable overstaffing.