EDITORIAL - ‘Midwives are not to be given up lightly’
Eight months pregnant and driving 50 minutes in the ice and snow to see a midwife. Not ideal when you already live near a town that had such services a mere five minutes away.
Lucie Oakes’ is in a situation faced by many women in Harleston impacted by the loss of midwifery services to the town.
But it appears the campaign to save these services has some traction.
A recent meeting among local councillors, MP Richard Bacon and NHS England would not be held without some prospect of movement in the situation. That’s positive.
Elected members are doing their jobs as representatives and we hope that the horse as not already bolted the stable.
But if the recent meeting was to discuss potential solutions to the loss of midwifery services, why has it had to wait until after the services are gone?
We don’t know the extent to which the public campaign and press coverage has influenced these talks.
But if the threat was more widely known in advance, we could have been having this conversation with midwifery still in place.