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Campaigners hoping to protect maternity services in Barrow will hold talks with hospital bosses today.
Hundreds are expected at a meeting to discuss a review of services at Furness General.
It's feared the special care baby unit and consultant-led maternity service are under threat, which if closed would force expectant mums to travel to Lancaster for treatment.
Discussions are being held about the future of a hospital trust hit by a staffing crisis.
Morecambe Bay NHS had to close the special care baby unit in Barrow because of a shortage of staff. The consultant-led maternity service there was also shut.
It means some pregnant women could face a 100 mile round trip to Lancaster.
Furness MP John Woodcock will urge government ministers to get a grip of what he's calling the Furness General Hospital maternity crisis.
A debate will be held in the House of Commons today regarding the future of the Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and it's services.
It follows the decision to temporarily close the consultant-led maternity service and the special care baby unit. An investigation is currently underway into the deaths of babies and mothers at the hospital and the trust has received criticism over a number of failures.
Mr Woodcock said: “The sudden withdrawal of services has seriously shaken the people of Barrow and Furness, with expectant parents and young families especially concerned about the prospect of being forced to travel to Lancaster to have their babies."
The debate can be watched live via the parliament website.
Maternity and neonatal services at Furness General Hospital are being transferred to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on a temporary basis because of low staffing levels.