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"Maternity Services Caithness" - Issued By Highland Health Services

12th December 2003

A group of external assessors will be carrying out an independent clinical assessment of maternity services in Caithness next week. They will be meeting with local health professionals, the Scottish Ambulance Service and with a group of community representatives during a two day visit.

Professor Andrew Calder, who is leading the clinical assessment team says, "I have now received a great deal of correspondence regarding the assessment visit. There will be a considerable amount of information to review and it would be premature to respond to these letters individually until my colleagues and I have had time to examine them in detail. I would like in the meantime to thank people for writing to me to express their views."

Nigel Hobson, Director of Quality and Nursing says, "I am confident that the assessment team have an open mind and will consider all the evidence before them with the utmost professionalism and objectivity. We have asked the Professor to ensure that the resulting report is written in a way that is easily understandable as we intend this to be made public."

 

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