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MP calls for evidence on Maternity Services

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon is calling on mothers and young families to share their experiences of NHS Maternity Services in East Anglia. 

Mr Bacon, a member of the Commons public accounts committee, made the call after the National Audit Office (NAO) asked him for his views on NHS Maternity Services.  The Government spends £2.5 billion a year on maternity services, including £400 million to cover the cost of litigation.  The birth rate has risen by over 20 per cent in the last decade and the NAO plans to publish a report in the Autumn looking at how the NHS provides maternity services. 

Mr Bacon said: “I want to make sure the NAO’s examination of Maternity Services has a large input from new mothers and also from NHS staff.  

“This is your chance to help shape an important national review of how NHS maternity services are performing.  I am keen to hear from mums, dads, midwives, doctors and nurses from Norfolk and across East Anglia. 

“By sharing your experiences with the National Audit Office, you will help to produce a far stronger report.  This report will help MPs not only to give credit where it’s due, but also to draw specific areas of concern to the attention of NHS bosses.

“Time is short so if you would like to share your experiences, good or bad, please do get in touch by the end of February.  All submissions will be treated in the strictest confidence”. 

To share your experiences of maternity services at any of the region’s hospitals and help inform the NAO’s report, please contact Mr Bacon at inquiries@richardbacon.org.uk, putting ‘maternity services’ in the subject line.  Please make sure to provide your full contact details and the name of the hospital you are writing about. 

All submissions will be treated in the strictest confidence.

12 February 2013