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Maternity services under threat
Maternity ward
Eight specialist maternity units would remain under the plans
Up to five maternity units could close in Greater Manchester after a review of children's health services.

Children's in-patient services, maternity and neo-natal wards at Bury, Trafford and Rochdale hospitals face closure under the proposals.

The future of units at Salford and Macclesfield will be decided at a meeting in December.

Health bosses want to concentrate services on eight larger sites across the region.

Remaining hospitals
Stepping Hill, Stockport
North Manchester General
Tameside
St Mary's
Wigan
Bolton
Oldham
Wythenshawe

A 15-week public consultation on the plans will be held in early 2006.

The two-year review was undertaken by a joint committee of primary care trusts in Greater Manchester.

It highlighted a lack of specialist doctors across the region, which has meant maternity units closing at various times because of a lack of cover.

At a meeting on Thursday, health bosses agreed on a model of "enhanced community services" with a concentration of more specialist services on fewer and larger in-patient sites.

The remaining units would become midwifery units, which would help with non-complicated deliveries and post natal care.


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