Campaigners say mums will suffer after maternity units switched to birthing centres (From Harwich and Manningtree Standard)
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Campaigners say mums will suffer after maternity units switched to birthing centres
9:00am Saturday 14th June 2014 in News
CAMPAIGNERS say advice published by health experts has been ignored after maternity units were only re-opened as birthing units.
The wards at Harwich and Clacton were closed for births in a shock move earlier this year due to staff shortages in Colchester.
Campaigner Jenny Semple, who organised a protest march and twilight vigil against the maternity closure, said: “Why have they waited this long to take any action?
“They have ignored what NICE have said about midwife led units – why have they only opened it as an on-demand birthing unit?
“What will happen to aftercare? We have a lot of young needy mums in Harwich who will be affected by this decision.”