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STATEMENT FROM PROFESSOR SIR JOHN ARBUTHNOTT, CHAIRMAN OF NHS GREATER GLASGOW, ON THE END OF THE MATERNITY SERVICES CONSULTATION

February 20, 2004 12:01 AM

Today (Friday) marks the end of a three-month public consultation into the future of maternity services in Greater Glasgow.

Around two hundred submissions were made to the consultation process. Board members will now consider the submissions, comments made at public meetings and further analysis.

Over the next few weeks, detailed work will also be completed by NHS Greater Glasgow's Maternity Planning Group, which was formed at the start of the consultation to consider all the major issues raised by responses to our proposals. This group will report to the Board alongside the reports on public consultation.

It will then be the job of the Board to consider all of the issues before they make a recommendation to the Minister for Health and Community Care, Malcolm Chisholm.

Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "We would like to thank everyone who took the time to put forward their views and submissions to this process. The Board will now consider the responses received in detail before making its recommendation."

Sir John stressed that while clinical staff agree that Glasgow must move from three to two maternity units, they disagree on which hospital should close: the Southern General Maternity or the Queen Mother's Maternity.

He said: "There have been arguments made on both sides and the Board has a very difficult decision to make. We can assure everyone who put forward a submission that we will give them our careful consideration. "

Before the Board meets to make a decision, Sir John intends to make a further visit to all three of Glasgow's maternity units.

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