Health Committee

No 24, Session 2002-03                                 13 May 2003 MATERNITY SERVICES SUB-COMMITTEE


No 24, Session 2002-03                                 13 May 2003 MATERNITY SERVICES SUB-COMMITTEE

Second evidence Session:  Inquiry into Inequalities in Access to Maternity Services

The Maternity Services Sub-committee has arranged the following meeting:

Tuesday 20 May 2003 -  the Wilson Room, Portcullis House from 2.15pm

Oral evidence from:

Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, London
Lesley Spires and Maggie Elliot, Head Midwives

Newham General Hospital, Plaistow
Diane Jones, Research and Development Midwife

Women's Health and Family Services Community Group
Carolyn Roth, Management Committee Member

Members of the public and representatives of the press will be admitted to these meetings. Those wishing to attend these sessions should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the meeting.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry are:

The Sub-committee will examine inequalities in access to care for pregnant women and for parents and babies from disadvantaged groups.  The Sub-committee will consider the provision of appropriate care and advocacy services for:

  •  those from minority ethnic groups

  •  refugees and asylum seekers

  •  those who do not speak English as their first language

  •  those who live in poverty

  •  those who are homeless

  •  those who live under threat of domestic violence

  •  travellers

  •  those with severe mental health problems

  •  those with severe learning disabilities

  •  those with severe physical disabilities