Corbar petition hits Chapel-en-le-Frith

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Buxton’s under-threat Corbar Birth Centre will be collecting support in Chapel-en-le-Frith this weekend.

Members of the Save Corbar Birth Centre (SCBC) group will be in the town centre from 9.30am to midday on Saturday with a petition for people to sign and show their support for Corbar, which is being reviewed as the local health trust tries to cut costs.

The petition calls on the trust, NHS Derbyshire County to maintain services at Corbar, which is based at Buxton Hospital.

Fiona Lichfield, spokesperson for SCBC, said: “Since this group, myself and other members of the group working to retain Corbar in the community have been overwhelmed by the support for our campaign to retain the right for High Peak pregnant women to choose where they can deliver their babies.

“This petition will show those with the power to maintain and promote Corbar’s much valued and respected services that their plans to shut Corbar are not just ill founded, they are also extremely unpopular.”

The petition will be presented to the PCT in August when a formal public engagement process begins.

A final decision about Corbar is expected to be made in November.

* An action day held last month collected over 1,700 petition signatures across the High Peak.