During their two-day visit to Moray to hear evidence for the Independent Review into Maternity Services in Moray, local MP Douglas Ross, met with the chair Ralph Roberts and other team members.
Commenting after meeting the review group, Douglas said: “I welcome the fact that the Independent Review Team came to Moray to hear directly from local staff and residents who have been impacted by the downgrading of the consultant-led maternity unit three years ago.
“During my time with the review team I was able to share many of the cases that have been raised with me by local constituents as well as our own family situation. Both our boys have been born since the unit at Dr Gray’s was downgraded but one son was born in Elgin and another in Aberdeen.
“I was also keen to highlight the real anger and frustration that we are still without this vital service, three years after we were told the unit would be downgraded for up to a year.
“It’s simply unacceptable that we are no closer to the service being restored three years after commitments were made that we would only be in this situation for up to twelve months.
“The staff in Elgin have continued to provide an outstanding service during this difficult time for them, as well as local families. Their professionalism and dedication is second to none and I hope the review group confirms the need for our maternity services to be restored to full strength so more Moray families can benefit from the outstanding staff we are lucky to have at Dr Gray’s.”