Loss of maternity units a ‘slippery slope’ for healthcare, doctors warn

More than 150 rural obstetric units have closed in two decades, with knock-on impacts on the 'wider community'.
Australian Associated Press
Dr Megan Belot
Dr Megan Belot.

Closing a maternity unit in a rural area is a “slippery slope” that effects not only women and their families, but entire communities who stand to lose local doctors too, the RDAA has warned.

When a rural town loses its maternity unit, operating theatres are often the next to go, then the ED, then local doctors and nurses.