The pregnancy termination service at the Countess of Chester Hospital has been providing help and advice for local women to make difficult decisions about termination of pregnancy for 22 years. The service has supported many women and plays a vital part in reducing teenage pregnancy locally.
The service faces closure and likely privatisation in March next year. The evidence used to make the decision appears to be incorrect and there has been little engagement with staff or the public.
Today, I launched an online petition to raise awareness of their decision. We need to give a clear message to hospital bosses that their current position is not acceptable. I urge residents in Chester and from further afield to sign this petition that asks for a proper consultation with local people, staff and service users.
I will present your views to the hospital when I speak with them on this issue in the future.
We the undersigned request that the Chief Executive and senior management team review the evidence used to make the decision to end the termination of pregnancy service at the Countess of Chester Hospital including launching a new consultation to understand the views of members of the public, local GP's and staff.