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1 August 2006

Stevenson Fury At NHS Grampian's Recommendation On Maternity Units

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has condemned NHS Grampian’s decision to recommend the closure of maternity units at Huntly, Banff, Aboyne and Fraserburgh.

Speaking following today’s meeting of NHS Grampian, Mr Stevenson expressed his outrage at the decision of the Health Board. While welcoming the news that Peterhead’s maternity unit is safe the MSP is supporting the communities in Banff and Fraserburgh in their ongoing campaign to keep their maternity units. Mr Stevenson said:

“Fraserburgh is the only town over 10,000 population in Scotland that’s more than one hour’s travel away from an acute services hospital, and this is yet another blow by the NHS in Aberdeen against the community here. It is time that they started to listen to the community in Fraserburgh in providing services they require.

“This is of course a decision that ultimately has to be taken by the Health Minister in Edinburgh. The community has time to make their views known to the Minister and I will be supporting them in doing so.”

Mr Stevenson continued:

“The policy of the Scottish Executive is based on Professor Kerr’s recent report which requires that health services are delivered as close as possible to the local communities that need them. That should mean that maternity services in principal will continue to be delivered in that community and I call upon everyone involved with this matter to make sure that their views are known when the Minister makes his decision.” Categories [Health and Community Care]

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