At the time I write this, there are predictions that the attack on NHS and many other computers in organisations worldwide will get worse. The ransomware is exploiting a specific vulnerability in computer operating systems. In the NHS, that vulnerability is chronic lack of investment.
In a seemingly unrelated event last weekend, maternity campaigner Alison Hiles gave birth at her east Ludlow home after Ludlow Maternity Unit was closed at short notice. But the reason that the doors of the maternity unit were shut was yet again the chronic lack of investment in the NHS.
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It is bad news if you are about to give birth over New Year. Both Ludlow and Bridgnorth maternity led units are suffering overnight closures, with Ludlow closed on New Year’s Eve. This is a taste of the future. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is planning to close midwifery-led maternity units, including Ludlow, overnight.
Campaigners have set up a parliamentary petition calling on our local maternity units to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please add your signature here…
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It was the best of marches. It was the best of causes.
On Saturday, nearly 1,200 people marched through the streets of our town in support of Ludlow Maternity Unit (LMU).
March leaders Sarah Meek and Alison Hiles
We could not have sent a clearer message to the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. We want the LMU to remain open with a full suite of services.
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It’s the Save Ludlow Maternity Unit march today. We are expecting hundreds of people will turn out. Please join us. 11.30am for a 12 noon start at the Cannon in Castle Gardens.
The march will take us from the castle through the market and High Street onto King Street. We’ll walk along Tower Street. Turning onto Upper Galdeford, the marchers will pass the top of Station Drive onto Gravel Hill. Turning briefly onto New Road, the march will end in the lower hospital car park.
If you are not marching, give us a toot or a wave. This is march driven by passion for Ludlow Maternity Unit. It’s going to be cut back and we fear it will eventually close.
We will be putting rolling road blocks in place to ensure the safety of the marchers. We will keep these closures as brief as possible. Details are below.
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The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is planning to convert the midwifery-led maternity units (MLUs) at Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry to “birthing centres”. This means that the MLUs will not be staffed overnight. Women in labour will instead must call the units to arrange for them to open.
Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East and a practising nurse, is very concerned about the plans.
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