Date lodged: 26 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many beds there have been in each maternity unit in each year since 1999.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 20 July 2018
A table has been supplied to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre which provides the information you have requested (Bib number 59907).
The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland? was published in 2017 and aims to ensure the best outcomes for all pregnant women and their babies. One of its recommendations is that all women should have an appropriate level of choice in relation to place of birth and there are a number of choices that should be available to all women including birth at home, birth in an alongside or freestanding midwifery unit and hospital birth (recommendation 15).