Health: Maternity Care Provisions in East Kent - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:49 am on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Ribeiro Lord Ribeiro Conservative 11:49 am, 13th February 2020

My Lords, I echo the comments of the noble Baronesses, Lady Thornton and Lady Brinton, about the role of the chief executive. I watched the news last night and was horrified to hear her say that she had no knowledge of the review until 2018, yet that review was requested by the medical director of the trust in 2015. If she is unaware of what is happening in her own trust, serious questions need to be asked. In view of what the noble Baroness just said about maternity services, it is important that we send a very clear message to our midwives on the front line. They need to be supported and we need to send the message, not just to the ones in East Kent but to those throughout the UK, that they have our support.