Maternity Care

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 2016.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley 12:00 am, 15th November 2016

What steps his Department is taking to improve the safety of maternity care.

Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health

Last month, I launched the safer maternity care action plan, which is part of our ambition to halve the rates of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries by 2030.

Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that answer. In 2001, the then Labour Government closed the maternity unit at Crawley hospital. Longer journeys to East Surrey hospital have been a safety concern. Will the Department look at reintroducing midwife services to Crawley hospital and GP surgeries in Crawley?

Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health

I am happy to talk further with my hon. Friend. He knows that this is a local matter. It was, I think, looked into in 2014, but if the pattern of demand changes it should be kept under review.