RICHARD Lochhead says there is a lack of clarity around NHS Grampian’s plans to downgrade the maternity unit at Dr Gray’s Hospital.
The service is due to be reduced in less than a fortnight, and these restrictions will continue in place for at least the next 12 months.
However, Mr Lochhead says the health board have failed so far to state the criteria for transferring pregnant women to Aberdeen, or what emergency surgery could continue to take place in Elgin over the course of that period.
Moray’s MSP has brought these concerns to the attention of the Health Secretary, Jean Freeman, and is reiterating his call for the Scottish Government to intervene.
He said: "NHS Grampian have been unable to answer questions about the transfer criteria or what emergency surgery can still be carried out at Dr Gray’s beyond July 18.
"I find this very worrying – these details should all have been pinned down before any announcement to avoid additional stress or anxiety for expectant mums.
"I understand that NHS Grampian are still working though these things now, but patients need to have confidence in the process which is why we need answers and clarity now.
"All of this reiterates just why the Scottish Government must intervene to ensure NHS Grampian are on top of the situation and that the future of the consultant-led maternity unit at Dr Gray’s is secured, and I have urged the Health Secretary to do so."