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Lumsden’s downgraded ‘maternal and child hub’ is not fit for purpose and the Government MP’s have blocked the reinstatement of Lumsden Maternity Centre, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“The Health Select Committee released a report on my Save the Lumsden Maternity Centre petition today, raising serious concerns for the new hub model implemented in Southland.”

“They’ve reiterated what I’ve been saying for months – “we are not assured that the regraded hub was fit for purpose at the time the Lumsden Centre was downgraded”.

“Just last week, Mark Patterson and Liz Craig, our local List MPs, voted against an inquiry which would’ve held Southern District Health Board to account because they’ve put politics before the welfare of Southland mums and babies.”

“Despite the findings of the Health Select Committee, it’s clear the Government MPs are satisfied with the level of maternity services being provided for Southland mothers and babies and will continue with the roll out of the unsafe hub model.”

“The National Party’s view is very clear, we recommend the reinstatement of full services at the Lumsden Maternity Centre as the hub model is unsafe.”

“Four women have already given birth in emergency situations, unable to make it to a primary birthing unit as a result of the downgrade.”

“The situation is such that the Southern DHB has agreed to provide a short-term midwife based in Lumsden out of concern for the safety of our rural mothers and babies – effectively accepting that Lumsden needs to have a fully-serviced maternity unit.”

“Patterson and Craig said they’d do all they could for Southland mums and babies, but actions speak louder than words.”

“The downgrade has put Southland mums at risk. It’s time for the Government to front up and reinstate full services.”


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