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Nick urges independent experts to back choice and safety for local parents

June 16, 2008

Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Nick Perry has joined forces with the Hands Off the Conquest team to urge the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for the Department of Health to back choice and safety for local parents.

The IRP swung into action when East Sussex County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee referred the PCTs’ decision on maternity care to the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson MP.

Speaking to panel members at the Hastings Centre on Thursday, Nick said,

“I am here as the Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner, but also as a new dad whose baby was born at the Conquest in November.

“My partner and I had fantastic care, particularly from community midwives. They allowed my partner to labour as long as she could at home. When we finally needed to get to hospital it took us 20 minutes – and this was only from Manor Road in Hastings.

“Think very carefully about the decision you make. Think very carefully before you take away the right of parents to try to have their babies at home, and get emergency treatment safely if this is not possible.”

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