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From NHS Highland Board 10 March 04
CALDER REPORT ON MATERNITY SERVICES IN CAITHNESS PUBLISHED
The report on maternity services in Caithness from the independent group led by Professor Calder has been published.
A spokesman for NHS Highland said:
A copy is available now in pdf format from Chris Meecham
The report on maternity services in Caithness was commissioned by Highland Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in the light of ongoing concerns about the sustainability of the current specialist led service.
The independent group writing the report consisted of two midwives, two obstetricians and one paediatrician. Each of them is regarded as experts in their particular field. They were given the following remit:
To consider and make recommendations on
There has been a lot of public anxiety and concern expressed during this process and the Board is very aware of that. In order that the public's views are heard by Board members, community representatives who met with Professor Calder during his visit - including members of the North Action Group - will be able to fully participate in the discussion at the invitation of the Chairman. These people have already been written to with a personal invitation to attend.
An invitation to observe the proceedings has also gone out to members of the full North Action Group and to staff representatives. As usual the media will be invited to report on the entire proceedings.
We hope that this will give the public of Caithness the reassurance they need that the debate will be handled in a transparent, honest and open manner.
We understand the current concerns about this review and we are determined that the outcome of this process will be a safe, sustainable and women-centred maternity service for the people of Caithness.