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It is great to see im­prove­ments are on the cards for ma­ter­nity ser­vices in Toko­roa.

While those who will ben­e­fit most from any im­proved ser­vice are prob­a­bly not even a twin­kle in the eye yet, it is some­thing that any­one with an in­ter­est should be keep­ing a close eye on.

No doubt, any­one who has had to lie in the back of an am­bu­lance for a lengthy trip to a neo-na­tal unit in their near­est main cen­tre will tell you it is no fun and not a great start to par­ent­hood.

Fam­i­lies and their com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit hugely from un­com­pli­cated, well man­aged births and post-na­tal car.

This is an op­por­tu­nity to take some of that stress out of the equa­tion.

Health boards are al­ways un­der enor­mous pres­sure to de­liver the goods on time and on bud­get and ba­bies are no ex­cep­tion. Changes like this are de­signed to de­liver a bet­ter re­sult for the same money.

That is usu­ally eas­ier said than done.

Daniel Hutchinson

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