Health Committee

No 11, session 2002-03                               24 February 2003


Inquiry into Provision of Maternity Services[First evidence session]

The Health Committee has arranged the following meeting:

Thursday 6 March 2003 in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House from 10.45

Oral evidence from:


Professor Lesley Regan, Consultant Obstetrician, St Mary's Hospital Paddington
Lynne Pacanowski, Head of Midwifery, St Mary's Hospital Paddington
Catherine Eccles, Chair, Maternity Services Liaison Committee, St Mary's Hospital Paddington

Betty Larkin, Midwifery Manager, Edgware Birth Centre
Kay Barber, Senior Midwife, Edgware Birth Centre
Selene Daly, user representative, Edgware Birth Centre
Cathy Rogers, Consultant Midwife, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital


Mrs Jennifer Fake, Midwife, West Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Marie Pearce, Community Midwife, West Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Katy Waters, user representative, West Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Mr Christoph Lees, Consultant Obstetrician, The Rosie Hospital, Addenbrookes NHS Trust
Ms Jane Hurley, Senior Midwife, The Rosie Hospital, Addenbrookes NHS Trust
Mrs Jen Ferry, Head of Midwifery and Operations Manager for Women's Services, The Rosie Hospital, Addenbrookes NHS Trust

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 the provision of maternity services, and the variation in service provision, across England.  In particular the Sub-committee will consider:

  • the collection of data from maternity units

  • the staffing structure of maternity care teams

  • caesarean section rates

  • the provision of training for health professionals who advise pregnant women and new mothers

The Committee will investigate how staffing levels and training affect both the type of birth a woman is likely to have, and health of her baby in early life.

The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons.  It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies.  The Sub-committee on Maternity Services, which was nominated on 12 December 2002, is appointed under Standing Order No. 152 and has the power to send for persons, papers and records.