Corbar’s future could go to Health Secretary

A SEVEN month campaign to save Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre came to a disappointing end last week when health bosses agreed to close the much-loved facility.

The review of Corbar Birth Centre, at Buxton Hospital, was revealed by the Buxton Advertiser in May, and campaigns began immediately to try and secure its future.

But last Wednesday, members of the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County cluster agreed unanimously that Corbar, and the Darley Birth Centre in Darley Dale, should close from July 1, 2012.

However, members of Derbyshire County Council’s Improvements and Scrutiny Committee, who are opposed to the plans, will meet on Monday morning to vote on whether to refer the decision to the Secretary of State for Health.

If the committee agree to refer the decision, they would then have to state their case and the Health Secretary would have to decide whether the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) should look at the issue in further detail.

The IRP would then undertake an initial assessment of the referral and assess its suitability for full consideration.

Where a referral is suitable for full IRP review, the Secretary of State will then decide whether to commission a full review.

However, the IRP are only able to provide advice and the final decision on what to do next will be made by the Health Secretary.

This process is expected to take some time so any decision would be delayed. Monday morning’s meeting is at County Hall, Matlock at 9.30am and members of the public are allowed to attend.