Maternity Review - Thurso Meeting
14th March 2001
Thurso's people turned out in droves last night to attend the meeting called by the reference group. Many people were turned away as the hall was full to overflowing.
Jamie Stone MSP and councillors once again heard the feelings local people about possible downgrading of maternity services in the county.
The same scenario of the need to keep skills up and possible shortages of qualified staff were put forward but these were firmly rejected by local people faced with the prospect of women travelling up to 130 miles to Inverness especially in winter conditions such as Caithness had in the last few weeks.
These are the biggest turnouts Thurso and Wick have seen with people coming from all parts of the county to hear the arguments on what is seen as a life or death issue for women and their babies. None of the local people want to see the downgrading of the service they already have. People want a quality service and it is up to the managers within the health service and the politicians to see it is delivered.
Thurso has also seen an upturn in its local economy with major recruitment by employers. This could be put in jeopardy if it was felt Caithness had second rate health services. Employees might be reluctant to come to an area with poorer maternity services especially younger families still having new babies.
The MUMS action committee will be taking things forward.
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