Baby births driven from Murwillumbah

THE deputy chair of Murwillumbah Hospital's Medical Staff Council says it is time for the North Coast Area Health Service to 'tell the truth'- no baby deliveries at all will take place at the hospital in November.

The service has been saying some women will have to go to the Tweed Hospital next month for an interim period while it introduces a new midwife-led 'model of care' at Murwillumbah.

Medical Staff Council deputy chair Dr Doug Warne said that was being 'clever about the words they use'. “There are not going to be any midwives available at Murwillumbah,” he said.

A health service spokesperson conceded: “As November will be the transition month ... it has been necessary to refer some Murwillumbah women to the Tweed for low-risk births in November.”



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