Video: Why maternity matters


Thousands of people have now joined Jackie Porter's campaign to save Winchester's maternity services from being downgraded.

"Over the past months I've heard many stories about how important having proper maternity care at Winchester's hospital is to local people," said Prospective MP Jackie. "This video tells just a few of those stories."

Maternity services under threat due to a review of hospital services. The review is proposing downgrading maternity provision at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester by removing consultant cover. A new hospital would be built outside Winchester, in Basingstoke and Deane.

Jackie said: “I am deeply concerned by these proposals to downgrade maternity services.

"I understand how important a maternity unit with consultant care is. When I was giving birth to my son, I experienced complications and needed a blood transfusion. Having doctors on hand saved my son’s life and mine.

“Please join my campaign to save our vital local maternity services at www.winld.org.uk/maternity.”

Tory MP’s broken maternity promise

Before being elected Tory MP Steve Brine said that consultant-led maternity services would be his ‘red line’ and that “without them you don’t have a District General Hospital worthy of the name.”

Now Brine is welcoming changes that will mean there is no hospital with these services in Winchester - exactly what he said he would campaign against.


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