Following publication of the Care Quality Commission’s report on maternity services at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said:

“It is paramount woman get the safe and personalised birth experience they are entitled to.

“The voices of the midwifery staff have been heard, the CQC investigated and I welcome their findings. I now urge the Trust to implement the recommendations in full without delay.

“Whilst the report highlights improvements which need to made, the CQC acknowledged good practice, including healthcare professionals from different disciplines working as a team to support each other to provide good care for women and babies.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the midwives and all healthcare staff for their hard-work and dedication. You should be listened to and your concerns acted on.

“However, I am disappointed that 6 years on from maternity services being removed from the Alex, the CQC has downgraded the maternity service at Worcestershire Royal from Good to Requires improvement.

“The people of Redditch were told the centralisation of maternity services to Worcester would improve the care and experience expectant mothers receive. Clearly the CQC’s report highlights the Trust has work to do to provide the service they promised my constituents.  

“As my constituents know, I am determined to return a maternity service to the Alex. There are a number of Acute Trusts across the country providing more than one maternity service rated good by the CQC. If other Trusts across the country, which serve populations similar to the size of Worcestershire’s, can provide more than one high-quality and safe maternity service, then there’s no reason why our Trust can’t.

“The backdrop to my campaign is the fact it’s this Government providing the NHS with its biggest ever cash boost. By the end of this Parliament, our National Health Service will receive a record £34 billion per year in additional funding.

“The Government is also embarking on reform of the NHS by integrating health and social care and making better use of technology to provide services. This I believe further supports the conversations I’ve been having with health bosses in my Alex Working Group about returning a maternity and a children’s service to the Alex.

“And in our 2019 manifesto, the Government committed to recruiting 50,000 more nurses, with students receiving a £5,000 to £8,000 annual maintenance grant every year during their course to help with their cost of living – and they won’t have to pay it back.

“We’re on track to deliver on this promise with UCAS receiving 48,830 applications to nursing courses in England this year – a 34% increase on last year. These are the nurses of the future who will help the NHS and social care recover from this pandemic and continue to deliver world-class care to my constituents.”