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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00251

The Campaign to Restore the Consultant-led Maternity Unit at Dr Gray's, Elgin

Submitted by: Douglas Ross, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Friday, June 4, 2021

Supported by: Karen Adam, Miles Briggs, Ariane Burgess, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Pam Gosal, Rhoda Grant, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Edward Mountain, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Sue Webber, Tess White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

That the Parliament understands with concern that, following a decision in July 2018 to downgrade the consultant-led maternity unit at Dr Gray’s in Elgin, many local expectant mums have to travel out of Moray to give birth; praises the efforts of midwives and all the staff who provide an outstanding service for those who can give birth there, but believes that too many women are made to travel outwith Moray to give birth; understands that the Scottish Government has commissioned an independent review of maternity services at Dr Gray’s to consider how best to restore the consultant-led service; commends the Keep MUM group and the local campaigners who are fighting hard to have the service restored; understands that the community was originally told that the downgrade would be temporary for up to a year, but notes that, almost three years on, the service has still not been restored, and notes the calls on the Scottish Government and NHS Grampian to urgently seek a resolution to this issue and to provide families in Moray with the locally-based maternity services that they deserve.