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SALFORD BABY RALLY
 

Star date: 3rd September 2010 

RALLY TO SAVE SALFORD'S MATERNITY UNIT
2pm Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Road, Salford

Tomorrow (Sat 4th September) there's a big Keep Hope Maternity Open rally, backed by Salford TUC, Ryan Giggs and loads of others, to help save Salford Royal Hospital's Maternity Unit. Since the general election, the ConDem coalition has said it will review all of Greater Manchester's maternity closures, and one of the criteria is whether mums, families and GPs had been consulted properly.

Tomorrow's rally and march to the NHS HQ in Pendleton will hopefully show the views from Salford. Loud and clear.

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The rally to save Salford's maternity unit has been called by Salford Maternity Forum which is a user group of mums and families trying to have an input into health services in Salford. Despite the Strategic Health Authority arguing that the decision to close Salford Royal's baby unit has gone too far down the line, the Forum believes, after a recent meeting with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, that it can be reversed.

Lansley explained that GPs had to be consulted and involved in any decision on the future of maternity services, and 80% of GPs that the Forum e-mailed have agreed that it would be best to keep services local.

"Everyone seems to be supportive of keeping the Salford Royal maternity services in Salford" says Heather Rawlinson, a midwife and Salford mum "We have the highest number of low birth weight babies in the area and it's just madness to close down our special care unit. We're also in an area with lots of deprivation where people haven't got cars so they need their health services nearby.

"An original report into the services said that a case couldn't be made for closing Salford's maternity unit but it was ignored and other consultants employed to do a another one" she adds "The whole change to the region's maternity services hasn't been costed well and work hasn't started yet on many projects so it's not too late to reverse the decision."

United legend Ryan Giggs is also backing the rally...

"I'm supporting the campaign to keep the maternity unit open 100 per cent" he says "My two children were both born at the hospital and it is something I feel very strongly about. My first child was born 10 weeks premature and had to be looked after in the special care baby unit. Salford is a city and it is really important for the identity of the city that babies can be born here."

The rally tomorrow will hopefully reinforce Salford's will to keep our babies being born in the city.

RALLY TO SAVE SALFORD'S MATERNITY UNIT
2pm Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Road, Salford amd march to NHS headquarters at Pendleton.

There's an online petition which can be filled in via the website  www.keephopematernityopen.com and there's also a facebook site, also available via the website.


 

Avril Tomlinson wrote
at 11:33:59 PM on Monday, September 6, 2010
I to attended the Rally and was really impressed by the support of local people. The facility at Hope is a well developed first rate service and must be retained. Salford people don't deserve to lose yet more services. When it was agreed that Pendlebury Children's Hospital should move to the new facilities in Manchester I believe the council were promised that this wouldn't affect the provision of Maternity Care in the city. There was apparently a gentlemans agreement What happened! If losing the childrens hospital wasn't bad enough to lose the Maternity unit would be a further blow to Salford families.
 
dave wrote
at 5:22:59 PM on Saturday, September 4, 2010
I ATTENDED THE EVENT AND WAS IMPRESSED BY THE SUPPORT SHOWN FROM ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. IF THEY ARE ALLOWED TO CLOSE THE FACILITIES AT HOPE MATERNITY, I REALLY DO FEEL FOR THE SAFETY OF MOTHERS AND BABIES IN THE AREA. COME ON SALFORDIANS DONT LET THESE MEN IN SUITS TELL US WHAT THEY THINK WE NEED, ITS TIME WE DREW A LINE IN THE SAND AND SAID NO MORE. WE ARE SLOWLY LOOSING OUR IDENTITY AND BECOMING A DISTRICT OF MANCHESTER. WE ARE A CITY IN OUR OWN RIGHT NOT A RURAL AREA OF CORNWALL OR THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND , WE NEED AND REQUIRE A FULL MATERNITY AND SPECIAL CARE UNIT THAT BEFITS ARE CITY STATUS.
 
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