Independent review launched into Whyalla birthing unit

July 3, 2023 12:28 pm in by
Whyalla City Council via Facebook

An independent review into the closure of Whyalla Hospital’s birthing unit is underway.

A midwifery workforce shortage has been blamed for the closure, which began last Monday.

Whyalla Mayor Phill Stone says the review is welcome and speed is of the essence.

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Mayor Stone reaffirmed comments made by Member for Giles Eddie Hughes, saying the community deserves the ability to give birth in a hospital close to home.

In the meantime, work is underway to employ qualified staff and the primary focus is on the safety and wellbeing of expectant parents in a comfortable environment.

The Council will be maintaining close contact with the State Government and Flinders and Upper North Health Network regarding the matter.