Maternity services

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1588
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Chase Farm and Barnet hospitals both turned women away last year because their maternity units were full. King George's Maternity unit in Redbridge closed in March 2013. The expectation is that people will now go to Queen's in neighbouring Havering. The Trust special administrator has reduced maternity services in Croydon by downgrading obstetric led unit to a midwife led unit. The Whittington Hospital has announced it will put a cap on births in its maternity unit. The list goes on and on.

London is a young and rapidly growing city and yet no-one seems to be looking strategically at maternity services across the capital. What are you doing to ensure that there is a safe, locally accessible maternity place for every London mother that requires one in the coming years?

Answer

Answer for Maternity services

Answer for Maternity services

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is the role of NHS England to ensure that there satisfactory and adequate health service provision for a local population. As of April 1 2013 this is the role of Clinical Commissioning Groups in partnership with NHS England. Local Health and Wellbeing Board's also have an important responsibility to ensure health services are taking a population perspective.

The growing population in London poses challenges for many services and I expect those across the NHS to be responding to these challenges to ensure good quality maternity services for all. My health team will continue to work with NHS England (London) to seek assurances that this is the case.