Staff shortages could help kill maternity unit according to councillor. MAJOR concerns have been raised that “constant” staff shortages at Harwich’s maternity unit could seal its future and see it closed.

A consultation is to be carried out during 2014 to decide whether Harwich’s maternity unit should be closed or downgraded to a birthing unit.

Town councillor Ivan Henderson said:

“It has been closing at night because staff have been moved to Colchester, taking away the choice which mothers are entitled to,”.

A report has been published revealing that a similar birthing unit setup in Halstead, has only had 3 births in the past 3 years.


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