Corbar fight goes to Westminster

HIGH PEAK MP Andrew Bingham took the fight to save Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre to the highest level last week.

During Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons, Mr Bingham, who has supported and been involved with the campaign to save Corbar from the start, asked David Cameron: “Does the Prime Minister agree that birthing centres in rural areas provide a valuable and irreplaceable service to the local community, and every effort should be made to retain them — a message that hundreds of my constituents and I are sending to Derbyshire County NHS as it considers the future of the Corbar birthing centre in my constituency of High Peak?”

And Mr Cameron replied: “I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. We want to see maternity networks so that mums can make a choice about where they give birth, whether in a community setting, midwife-led, or whether in a district general hospital with all the paraphernalia of consultants and the rest of it. It should be a choice made by them with their GP and others on what is right for their needs.”

NHS Derbyshire County are reviewing the birth centre’s future as part of plans to cut costs.