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Expectant parents to rate maternity services online

Expectant parents can now compare and rate maternity services on a new online comparison service launched today by public health minister, Anne Milton.

The government recently set out proposals to extend maternity choice to include conception, antenatal, and postnatal care. A new tool that will help parents-to-be make that choice is now available at to give people all the information they need to decide which maternity service is right for them.

With thousands of visits to maternity services every month, and similar to other internet comparison websites, the tool will make it easier to find key information in one place, such as opening times and additional facilities and services offered by the maternity services.

Anne Milton said: "Expectant people having babies have a lot to organise anyway, let alone trying to find the right maternity services for them. It is vital we help people get enough information to make the right choice for themselves.

"The NHS should make sure that patients have some way of finding out about services they can get. Businesses and companies are increasingly using the internet to invite people to feedback their experiences and ideas. The good companies then respond to those ideas to improve how they work. NHS organisations should be doing this too."