Kieran McCarthy MLA stated: “Having a policy like this would be scandalous. This is yet another health story which will send a shiver through our entire society.
“Hospitals cannot simply put mothers out of their bed a few hours after they have given birth. This could present a significant safety risk to mothers and babies.
“News has also emerged that the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital could be planning to close a maternity ward which could see up to 20 beds lost. People will be stunned at these reports.
“We need a sensible approach to be taken on efficiencies. Frontline services must not be cut because all savings can be made within the administration sector. I will fight cuts and policies like these all the way.”