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WOMEN & FAMILIES IN HERTFORDSHIRE URGENT ACTION REQUIRED!(3 Posts)
VERY IMPORTANT DEADLINE!!!
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!!!!
Some of you may be aware that there is a proposal to include a Midwife-led Birthing Centre at the new QEII when it is rebuilt, offering greater choice in birth venue for the women of Hertfordshire. The building of such a Midwife-led Unit is supported by top Government Ministers, the local MP for Hatfield/Welwyn, Grant Shapps,and the public but what you may not be aware of is that such a Unit has not been approved by the only people who will get to decide whether it will become a reality are not convinced, your GPs!
The GPs of Hertfordshire and especially of Welwyn/Hatfield MUST be convinced if a Midwife-led Birthing Unit is to become a reality at the new QEII Hospital. At the meeting I attended tonight, even those most against such a unit universally expressed that they wanted what was best for their patients and would be swayed by the desires of their patients, however they also expressed that many have yet to be told by their patients that they want such a unit.
GPs specifically requested letters from their patients and the women of Hertfordshire telling them that the women of Hertford want a Midwife-led Birthing Unit at the new QEII in Welwyn Garden City, Herts. before they will agree to support such a unit. Personal letters are best rather than templates in this instance. These letters need not be long or even particularly eloquent but they MUST BE SENT ASAP!
CALL, WRITE, EMAIL, OR SPEAK TO YOUR WELWYN/HATFIELD GP AT YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT! PLEASE DO NOT WAIT, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!!
Between now and the end of December is CRUNCH TIME as a FINAL decision WILL BE REACHED by January/February.
ONCE THIS DOOR IS CLOSED IT WILL NEVER REOPEN BECAUSE THE FUNDING WILL BE SPENT ELSEWHERE, IT IS LITERALLY NOW OR NEVER!!!!
What kind of birth you had does not affect this, where you gave birth does not affect this, whether or not you have have children does not matter, you do not need to be from the Welwyn Hatfield area as women from all over Herts may wish to give birth at the Midwife-led Unit at the new QEII, if you are not a woman but a supportive husband that is great too! ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT GPs KNOW YOU ARE IN FAVOUR OF A MIDWIFERY-LED BIRTHING UNIT AT THE NEW QEII AND THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO MAKE IT HAPPEN! ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE OPTION AVAILABLE TO THE WOMEN OF HERTFORDSHIRE.
The research supports Midwife-led care,
The Government both locally and nationally support a Midwife-led Unit at the new QEII
Public opinion supports a Midwife-led Unit at the QEII
GPs NEED CONVINCING because they are NOT convinced and they are THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN DECIDE!
A MIDWIFE-LED BIRTHING UNIT AT THE NEW QEII WILL NEVER HAPPEN WITHOUT THE FULL SUPPORT OF LOCAL GPs!!!!
NO GOVERNMENT PUSHING IT THROUGH.
NO POST DECISION PROTESTS BECAUSE FUNDING WILL BE GONE.
NOW OR NEVER - PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HERTFORDSHIRE GP AND THE GPs OF WELWYN HATFIELD AND LET THEM KNOW YOU WANT A MIDWIFE-LED BIRTHING UNIT AT THE NEW QEII IN WELWYN GARDEN CITY, HERTS.
Please Cc all letter to the office of Grant Shapps MP and the Health Secretary John Healey. it would also be advisable to photo-copy or print two copies of your letter and post it to them to Mr Shapps and Mr Healey directly that way there is proof that letters were received.
GPs are NOT the enemy, they WANT to work WITH us but THEY NEED TO KNOW YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED!!! THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!
Addresses for Mr Grant Shapps MP and Mr John Healey, Shadow Secretary of State for Health can be found at:
But remember IT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LOCAL HERTFORDSHIRE & ESPECIALLY HATFIELD WELWYN GPs! They are the ONLY people who have the power to make this important decision for US!
Also, do join the Facebook group and cause both called WE WANT A MIDWIFE-LED BIRTHING UNIT AT THE NEW QE2 IN HERTS!!! and help spread the word that way but do remember that letters phone calls and talking to the GPs are the most important tools we have!
Another good idea would be
writing or CCing letters to:
Rt Hon Andrew Lansley
Secretary of State for Health
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 3000
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