The Conservative Party has claimed it has identified 43 maternity units under threat of being downgraded or closed, of which 21 are midwife-led and 22 consultant-led.

Of the 43, 26 of the maternity units are operated by providers which finished the 2005-06 financial year in deficit.

The Conservative Party has claimed it has identified 43 maternity units under threat of being downgraded or closed, of which 21 are midwife-led and 22 consultant-led.

Of the 43, 26 of the maternity units are operated by providers which finished the 2005-06 financial year in deficit.