‘I’m horrified’

Labour’s Parliamentary spokesperson Caitlin Bisknell said: “Like most people I was horrified to read that the PCT is considering closing Buxton’s Corbar Maternity Unit.

“Given the geographic position of Buxton and the often hazardous road conditions, especially from late October to March, it is just ridiculous; giving birth can be traumatic enough without having to worry about the weather or road conditions.

“I am also concerned that if it did go ahead, it would lead to an increase in the number of planned rather than natural births, as mums-to-be opt to get to hospital safely rather than risk a late-night or bad -weather dash to hospital.

“My own son was born at Corbar – it is a lovely, friendly unit and a real comfort to mums and their babies. We must all fight to make sure it stays open.”