EASTBOURNE MP Stephen Lloyd has signed up to a Royal College of Midwives pledge to protect maternity services from any cuts, and ensure first-class maternity care.
Mr Lloyd has shown his support to the pledge after attending a Royal College of Midwives event recently to discuss maternity services. The pledge was launched by the college over fears that savings to be made in the NHS may have an impact on the amount of money spent on midwives and maternity services.
The college is particularly concerned because it says the birthrate has been rising steeply and pregnancies and births are becoming increasingly complex.
Mr Lloyd has also agreed to be a member of the Royal College of Midwives’ Parliamentary Panel.
This is a group of MPs and peers from all parties.
He said, “I am very happy to support the Royal College of Midwives and join its parliamentary panel.
“Midwives play an incredibly important role across the NHS.
“Locally in Eastbourne I know a number of the midwives who work at the DGH.
“Their passion and commitment to their job is second to none.
“I know they’ll be going through a difficult time as the Trust management has recently implemented a maternity services review, but they can be 100 per cent sure I will fight tooth and nail to retain a full maternity service in Eastbourne.”
Cathy Warwick, general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said, “I am delighted that Stephen has signed up to the pledge and panel and really welcome his support.
“We need to be building on this welcome progress and protecting maternity services for the future, as Stephen is doing in Eastbourne and, we are campaigning to make this happen.
“This is why it is so important that he is lending his influence to support and protect maternity services.”