Friday 8th December 2017
Mass Lunchtime Protest For the Re-instatment of Full Maternity Services at the Hospital
On Friday December 8 2017, some 200 midwives, staff and people from the community gathered for an angry protest outside the Harton Road entrance to the hospital to call for the immediate re-instatement of our Special Care Baby Unit and Full obstetric led Maternity.
The Special Care Baby Unit which has not been cared for itself by the new Executive team from Sunderland since it took over last year was shut down due to a member of staff falling sick at work. Instead of sorting the problem out and using other maternity staff and paediatric staff to cover the unit after closing for one night the Executive team have seized on the chance to close the unit for six weeks. This not only has closed the Special Care Baby Unit but has now been used as an excuse to close the whole maternity services at South Tyneside District Hospital until the new year. It was pointed out at the protest that far from creating the safe and sustainable services that the Executinve team speak about all the time this is another attempt pre-empt the outcme of the "consultation" and downgrade these services by wrecking the existing services. It was also stated that the South Tyneside maternity unit has been one of the best staffed in the northern region for many years and has had a performance which is amongst the best in the country yet the Executive team were responsible tor bringing the service to its knees and could not be trusted.
A the protest support was given by Emma Lewell Buck MP South Shields who spoke at the protest. The protest was also addressed by Marion Langley Staff Side Chair and Unison Branch Secretary, Clare Williams Regional Secretary of Unison who gave her support and others.
Friday 1st December 2017
Emergency protest against sudden SCBU and maternity service closure at South Tyneside Hospital
People contacting us have been shocked and angered on the latest announcement to “temporarily pause” in the delivery of babies at South Tyneside maternity unit. This follows closely on the previous shock announcement two days before to “temporarily” close the Special Care Baby Unit. We have been contacted also by many of the staff who are equally angered by this decision.
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