Campaigners say mums will suffer after maternity units switched to birthing centres

Campaigners say mums will suffer after maternity units switched to birthing centres

Campaigners say mums will suffer after maternity units switched to birthing centres

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS say advice published by health experts has been ignored after maternity units were only re-opened as birthing units.

The wards at Harwich and Clacton were closed for births in a shock move earlier this year due to staff shortages in Colchester.

Campaigner Jenny Semple, who organised a protest march and twilight vigil against the maternity closure, said: “Why have they waited this long to take any action?

“They have ignored what NICE have said about midwife led units – why have they only opened it as an on-demand birthing unit?

“What will happen to aftercare? We have a lot of young needy mums in Harwich who will be affected by this decision.”

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