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Moray MP Douglas Ross secures Scottish Parliament debate on the future of maternity services at Dr Gray's Hospital

By Alistair Whitfield

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Moray's MP has secured a debate at Holyrood tomorrow about the lack of a consultant-led maternity unit at Dr Gray’s Hospital.

Douglas Ross, who was also recently elected as a list MSP, has stated he will call for the issue to urgently addressed by the Scottish Government.

Speaking ahead of the debate, he said: "We were told back in 2018 that the downgrade would be temporary, for up to a year.

"Almost three years on expectant mums and their families still face the prospect of journeys to Inverness or Aberdeen to give birth."

Mr Ross, whose wife is expecting their second child imminently, added: "I’m pleased to have secured this debate so early on in this session of parliament as it is an issue that has been raised with me so many times.

"People across Moray are frustrated that we still have no clear plan on how the consultant-led unit will be restored.

"The longer this goes on, the greater the number of expectant mums that will be forced to travel outwith Moray to give birth.

"Families in Moray, along with KeepMUM, have been campaigning for the restoration of the service since the initial decision was taken to downgrade the maternity unit.

"I hope this debate will focus minds in the government and the health board."

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