All written submissions to the recently completed three-month public consultation into the future of maternity services in Greater Glasgow are now available.
The submissions have been processed and are now posted on the NHS Greater Glasgow website (www.nhsgg.org.uk).
Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, chairman of Greater Glasgow NHS Board, said: "I would like to take the opportunity to thank the many people and organisations who made submissions to the consultation process. We would like to assure them that all submissions will be given full consideration.
"It was clear right from the beginning that there were strong conflicts of clinical views as to the best way forward to modernise maternity care in Greater Glasgow. These strong views come through in the submissions, but the one thing that united clinical opinion was the absolute and urgent need to reduce the number of maternity hospitals in this city from three to two."
The consultation was on seven proposals from a Maternity Working Group. One of these was the recommendation that hospital births should be centred on the Princess Royal Maternity and the Southern General Maternity and the closure of the Queen Mother's Maternity. Others addressed the modernisation and investment in community based maternity services, fetal medicine, transport issues, antenatal and daycare and specialist services.
Throughout March, members of the Board will consider and deliberate on the issues raised. They will take part in a specially organised seminar which will allow clinicians of varying opinions to make their case to the Board and answer any questions posed.
It is proposed that the members of the GGNHS Board will make their final recommendation at the Board meeting on April 20, 2004. The recommendation will then go to the Minister for Health & Community Care for final approval.ENDS
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