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PE01839: Review maternity models in remote and rural areas


Petitioner: Maria Aitken on behalf of Caithness Health Action Team


Closing Date for Online Petition: 02 December 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ask all relevant health boards to review their maternity model to ensure that it meets the needs of remote and rural communities.

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We believe that in deciding to centralise maternity services, health boards are not giving enough consideration to the impact of that decision on the perinatal mental health of the mother, partner, unborn babies, other children in the families and the wider community.

Do you agree that the Scottish Government should ask all relevant health boards to review its maternity model to ensure that it meets the needs of remote and rural communities?

I was lucky enough to have my children in the local hospital, which allowed my husband to be there and friends to visit and support me. I have no idea how much harder it would be if I had been in Inverness! it is too far and dangerous as well as anti social.

Ruan Peat

10:03 on 23 Nov 2020

Our area is crying out for babies to be born here, mums & their families shouldn't have to go to Inverness to give birth when we have a purpose built unit waiting to be used here!

Annette Sutherland

0:56 on 23 Nov 2020

We should not have to travel 110 miles too give birth!

Isabel Harris

15:19 on 21 Nov 2020

It is so so wrong to be transporting pregnant women, sometimes in labour over 100 miles to Raigmore Hospital. It is illegal to move our pregnant animals, within 10 day of due date so why for humans?

Linda Levack

16:05 on 17 Nov 2020

We should have a working maternity unit in caithness General.

Barry Smith

14:04 on 16 Nov 2020

Our maternity services urgently need to meet the needs of remote and rural communities. The continued centralisation of our health services is a backward step for the physical and mental health of our community.

Lynne Glover

22:57 on 15 Nov 2020

For years the central-belt centrist narrative has understandably not had the north Highlands on its radar. All of a sudden with lock-down, the north Highlands is a Garden of Eden. Please, please. All we ask is for you to walk a mile (or a 107 or so) in our shoes.

Alan McLeod

19:54 on 13 Nov 2020

We should have the same facilities as the central belt has.

E McEwan

17:53 on 11 Nov 2020

Loss of a first class facility in Stranraer disgusting.

Helen dodds

10:48 on 11 Nov 2020

All rural communities deserve equality.

Angela Armstrong

10:40 on 11 Nov 2020

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