26 Jun 2012

MidCentral DHB backs Whanganui maternity care plan

9:07 pm on 26 June 2012

The MidCentral District Health Board has voted to support the Whanganui DHB's decision to retain specialist maternity services with both healthcare providers.

A proposal to limit specialist maternity care to the MidCentral DHB caused a community backlash in Whanganui, as women there needing caesareans would have had to travel to Palmerston North Hospital.

The MidCentral DHB on Tuesday afternoon discussed a 300 page report based on public feedback and staff consultation and then voted unanimously to support the decision of the Whanganui DHB.

It has also backed a proposal to develop a regional women's health service between the two providers.