Barrow hospital bosses urged to reconsider maternity move after weather warning
Last updated at 16:22, Monday, 04 February 2013
HOSPITAL bosses have been urged to rethink plans to temporarily downgrade maternity services at Furness General Hospital following weather warnings.
The MET Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the North West, with weather forecasters warning Cumbrians to be prepared for snow this evening.
Snow could fall in higher areas later today and into the early hours of Tuesday, and temperatures are set to dip as low as one degree in some parts of the county.
In a letter to trust chief Jackie Daniel, Barrow and Furness MP, John Woodcock, said: "It is hard to over-emphasise the shock this community feels at the trust's sudden decision to transfer the special care baby unit and consultant-led maternity services at Furness General Hospital to Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
"My most immediate concern is that the downgrading is still going ahead even with the threat of more snow and travel chaos overnight.
"The danger of transferring women facing complicated births in hazardous weather conditions – such as those predicted overnight by the Met Office – without a comprehensive risk assessment must surely be weighed against the risk of keeping the unit despite current staffing problems.
"We are all praying that the snow does not hit the area in the way it did ten days ago, when the journey down the A590 took many people around six hours, but the forecast suggests we cannot guarantee escaping disruption.
"Given that, I would be grateful if you can tell me how this is affecting your thinking and what contingency plans you have in place."
The latest update from the trust, issued this morning, was to say the move was still set to go ahead.
The decision was announced by the trust last Thursday, on the basis that a staffing crisis at FGH had reached the point where services are no longer safe.
Trust bosses have said they have no intention of keeping services away longer than they need to be, and they will review the situation after two weeks.
First published at 16:13, Monday, 04 February 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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In answer to the question posed by mr Davies The decision to go off sick mostly caused by stress is not taken easily Most midwives have struggled on for the past 3 yrs all through reducing staff levels legal cases and bad press and at the end of the day we are only human and as our family and friends would confirm most of us put our patients first to the detrement of our families . Believe me mr d I was on long term sick prior to my retirement and it did not sit well with me but I had got to the stage where I would not have been safe to practice. I know the staff well and I can assure you they will be back to work as soon as is safe .
ONE MASSIVE QUESTION ?WHY HAVE ALL THE NURSES SUDDENLY GONE SICK ALL AT ONCE ?COINCIDENCE ?OR NOT ?WHAT AN EARTH IS GOING ON WITH THE STAFF,WHO ARE STAYING OFF WORK NO DOUBT ON FULL PAY ,THEY NEED TO GET BACK TO WORK ASAP , OR IS SOMETHING CAUSING THEM NOT TO WANT TO COME BACK ?
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