Health bosses in Moray say they have faced a never-ending series of battles to restore the region’s largest hospital to full strength – but last night claimed the situation is improving.
Maternity campaigners in Moray have pressed health bosses to redouble efforts on restoring a full service to the region amid fears recent improvements have only benefited a “very small number”of women.
Campaigners have accused NHS Grampian of lacking commitment to maintaining vital services at Dr Gray's after it emerged senior managers have barely set foot in the hospital over the past two years.
Almost 80% of Moray mums have been forced to give birth outwith the region since its only maternity ward was downgraded in July.
Maternity campaigners in Moray have pressed the Scottish Government to publicise a recovery plan drawn up to guide the return of services.
A Moray mother who was transferred to Aberdeen to give birth has described the experience as “horrific” after painkillers ran out mid-journey.
A campaign group is urging residents of Moray to attend a public meeting tomorrow to keep the pressure on NHS Grampian.
Campaigners have criticised NHS Grampian’s communications of changes at Moray’s only maternity ward as “terrible” on the day it was downgraded.
Hundreds of protesters have marched together in a show of solidarity against the looming downgrade of Moray’s only maternity unit.
Health campaigners in Moray are “reassured” that there are long-term plans in place to reduce the reliance on junior doctors in the region.
A staffing crisis at Moray’s biggest hospital means children needing overnight care will have to be taken to Aberdeen or Inverness.
NHS Grampian has revealed it will draft in locums and staff from elsewhere as a short-term solution to the staffing crisis at Dr Gray’s maternity unit.