Maternity units turning women away

Women just six weeks into their pregnancy are being turned away by public maternity units in Melbourne as population growth outstrips capacity.

Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner, Beth Wilson, says she has fielded a growing number of calls from women unable to book into public services, particularly in burgeoning west Melbourne.

She will raise the issue at a meeting of her counterparts from other states and territories next week, to canvass whether the problem is more widespread.

“Unless [women] book in very