South Coast MP Shelley Hancock says the NSW Government continues to work with the community to return level two maternity services to Milton Ulladulla Hospital.
Following the opposition’s pledge on December 5, to fund level two maternity services at a cost of $5.5 million, Mrs Hancock reminded Labor she and the NSW Government had committed to restoring the service.
She said it was good to see Labor was “finally on board” with the issue.
“Just to remind Labor, I and the NSW Government already made a commitment to return level two maternity services and that is what we are all working with the community towards,” Mrs Hancock said.
“As people in the area know – and you think a former midwife would know - there are difficulties in getting the safe number of medical staff to deliver a safe birthing service – and safety has to be priority number one.”
Mrs Hancock was pleased to announce the government had signed off on having a midwifery group practice run from Milton Ulladulla Hospital.
“It will be up and running next year to allow women to have dedicated midwives continuously care for them through pregnancy, labour and post birth,” she said.
“This is a great win for the local community and shows we are heading in the right direction as we progress to second level maternity.”