“This comprehensive, detailed and realistic report clearly makes the case for how the Acute Trust can once again provide a maternity service at our hospital” – Rachel Maclean MP
I have now published a detailed, comprehensive and a realistic report into how a maternity service could be returned to the Alexandra Hospital.
Back in 2019, I was re-elected with an overwhelming mandate to fight to return a maternity and children’s service to the town’s hospital.
Since then, and despite the impact of the pandemic, I have been doing everything I can to deliver on the promise she has made.
The report called ‘Returning a maternity service to the Alexandra Hospital,’ clearly makes the case for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to provide a maternity service at Redditch’s hospital.
The report looks at how maternity services are provided in other parts of England, including Gloucestershire, which has a similar population size to Worcestershire, where maternity services are provided at three hospitals.
The comprehensive document also sets out how record Government investment in the NHS and the recruitment of more doctors, nurses and midwives supports the return of a maternity service to the Alex.
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Why have you published this report now?
In 2019 I was re-elected with an overwhelming mandate to fight to return a maternity and children’s service to the Alexandra Hospital.
When the pandemic struck, there were long periods of time when it would not have been appropriate of me to raise this campaign when rightly the Trust was focussed on saving as many lives as possible.
However, the work behind the scenes never stopped and this has culminated in this comprehensive, detailed and realistic report which forms part of my long-term plan for the Alex which will also be published in due course.
What will this report achieve?
I believe this comprehensive and detailed report presents a realistic vision as to how a majority of women can once again give birth at the Alex.
The report demonstrates how in Gloucestershire, which has a population similiar to the size of Worcestershire’s, maternity services are provided at three hospitals. If this is possible in Gloucestershire then I’m certain it is possible here in Worcestershire.
The report has been sent to the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alex, and he must now respond, in detail, to the arguments I have presented in my report.
It is the Acute Trust which runs hospital services in Redditch and Worcestershire, and not the Government, which is why lobbying our Acute Trust is my main focus.
What about children's services?
As well as a hospital where women can give birth again, I also want to see paediatric services returned to the Alex.
I will be setting out how I think this can be achieved in a further report which also forms part of my long-term plan for the Alex.