– Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
We announced in November that clinicians had raised concerns regarding the ability to safely staff the SCBU at FGH and the action we were taking to mitigate against this risk, however this has now been overtaken by the significant, unsustainable levels of sickness absence.
We will continue to work hard, together with the wider NHS to recruit more midwives and neonatal nurses. We have also liaised with other specialist and regional providers to second staff, but this has not yet proved successful.
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.