Smokescreen for maternity services reorganisation

Commenting on the publication of a statement from the Health Minister on the future of midwifery services in Wales, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, said:

"The Minister’s pledge falls well short of promising to retain consultant-led maternity services in North Wales’ hospitals.

"This will come as a disappointment to expectant mothers and families who depend on the services of their local maternity unit.

"I fear that this is just a smokescreen for wholesale reorganisation of services which will result in a reduction in the number of hospitals providing consultant-led maternity services. This will put lives at risk by forcing pregnant women to travel further to give birth."