STRUCTURE: Councillors have opted not to request a judicial review against the trust over its plans to reconfigure services for women and children, according to board papers.
The main change will see a consultant-led maternity unit based at the trust’s new hospital at Pembury, which is due to fully open this month, while a new midwife-led birthing unit is being set up near Maidstone Hospital. However, two current consultant-led units – at Maidstone Hospital and the old Pembury Hospital – will close.
The reconfiguration, first approved in 2004-05, was approved by the health secretary in July 2010.
Board meeting minutes from March note that chair Tony Jones “informed the board that Kent County Council had made the decision not to request a judicial review regarding the reconfiguration of women and children’s services”.
He added: “The rationale for the reconfiguration was intended to improve the quality of care, based on clinical evidence. He emphasised that contrary to misleading media coverage it was not due to financial constraints.”
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Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust board minutes (see attached, right)
30 March 2011