Government dodging questions on future of Tamworth Midwifery Service

Greens Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker has questioned the NSW Liberal-National Government over the future of the Tamworth Community Midwifery Service following the announcement that the Service was no longer accepting new mothers from April 2017.

“It’s time that the NSW Government comes clean about the future of the Tamworth Community Midwifery Service. We know that a temporary closure of a service like this often precedes its closure and that’s completely unacceptable for families in the Tamworth area who should be able to access a low-intervention birthing service” said Dawn Walker.

“I’ve been questioning the NSW Liberal-National Government about when the Tamworth Community Midwifery Service will be re-opened and when the necessary staff positions will be advertised and so far they are ducking and weaving, rather than giving the community a clear answer.

“It’s implausible that Hunter New England Health are blaming the closure of the Tamworth Community Midwifery Service on staff shortages when they haven’t even advertised the vacant staff positions.

“The Government’s track-record on community midwifery services is concerning. This is same Government that tried to close the Murwillumbah Birthing Centre in my hometown a few years ago and I know that a strong community campaign was the only thing that saved that service from permanent closure. It’s time the NSW Government and local member, Kevin Anderson started answering, instead of avoiding questions on this issue.   

“I look forward to visiting Tamworth on 20th May to meet local mothers and stand with locals to pressure the NSW Government to reopen this vital program” said Dawn Walker.

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