Berwick MP secures debate on Berwick maternity services

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has secured a debate in the House of Commons today on the future of maternity services in Berwick.

It comes after some services at the Berwick Maternity Unit were suspended from the start of August 2012.

Sir Alan said:

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to raise serious questions about how the suspension came about, and how it has been handled, with a Minister. It seems that most women are being advised to have their babies at Wansbeck or Borders General Hospital but it is far from clear whether there are clear medical indications for so many women to travel up to 50 miles to give birth.

"The Save Berwick Maternity Unit has played a huge role in raising awareness of the issues locally and have attracted many people to the Facebook page, keeping the issue in the public eye.

"I want the best possible services, available as locally as possible, for women and their babies. And I will be challenging the Minister to help restore services in Berwick."

– Sir Alan Beith MP, Berwick, Lib Dem