PERFORMANCE Oxford University Hospitals Trust has suspended births at its Cotswold Maternity Unit in Chipping Norton amid concerns about “working practices” at the unit.

The action was taken on October 18, board papers reveal. “An internal review is underway following concerns around working practices raised by staff and women using the unit.

“A number of actions have already been taken and the suspension of births will enable a full review of the unit to be completed.”

Jane Hervé, head of midwifery at the trust, was asked to lead the review into all aspects of the unit’s working practices.

The unit will remain staffed and open during the day to provide women and their families with antenatal support, breast feeding advice and support, babies hearing tests and postnatal care.