THE number of ambulance journeys to transport Moray women to Aberdeen for all “pregnancy-related incidents” has more than doubled since the downgrade of the region’s maternity services.

The maternity unit at Dr Gray’s was downgraded in July 2018 due to concerns regarding staff shortages.

From that date to 2023 there have been 590 ambulance journeys to transport mums-to-be from Moray to Aberdeen.

The figure represents a 153 per cent increase on 2012 to 2017 where there were a total of 233 ambulance journeys.

There has also been a significant increase in the number of ambulances used over this period with 112 used post-downgrade compared to 70 prior to the downgrade.

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