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Experts say more investment is needed in neonatal care across the country
Experts say more investment is needed in neonatal care across the country

The government is committed to reducing the number of deaths of stillborns, infants and mothers by 2025.

But experts are calling for urgent action after discrepancies in maternity care concerns across England were highlighted in a survey by the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Welfare.

The committee said infant mortality rates in the country had improved significantly, but that overall improvements in safety improvements due to some shocking failures were too slow in some NHS trusts.

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According to the National Statistics Office, 15 children died in Wigan in 2019, the year for which the latest data are available.

This meant that four out of every 1,000 babies born in the area that year were stillborn.

Another newborn died within 28 days of birth ⁠ – equal to three out of every 1,000. The figures do not indicate whether any of the deaths could have been prevented or were due to maternity failures. In England, about four out of every 1,000 babies born in Wales were born in 2019, three in every 1,000 died before the age of one month, and those born to black or Asian mothers were significantly more likely to die.

The Committee’s report states that the Government’s commitment to halving the infant and neonatal mortality rate is not achieving fair results.

It added that women of minority ethnic-socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and children were at greater risk than their white or less deprived peers.

Chief Midwife Officer Jacques Aklin Dunkley-Bent, who is developing an equity strategy, said the NHS had achieved a 25% reduction in stillbirths in a decade, welcoming the 95 95m government funding announced earlier this year.

However, she told the survey that some of the users of childbirth services had to fight against social and financial deprivation, inequality, discrimination and racism, adding: “I can not say for sure when we will close the gap of justice.”

Klia Harmer, CEO of SANDS’s stillbirth and neonatal death charity, called for an in-depth investigation to set goals to address the discrepancies. He said. “Babies should not be at a higher risk of death simply because of their parents’ zip code, ethnicity or income.”

The study found that the government’s overall progress towards achieving its own maternal safety goals և said that maternity services should receive an additional միլիոն 350 million a year in immediate effect to improve the workforce’s training standards.

The spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Welfare noted that maternal safety is a priority for the Government, that no parent or child should have unavoidable harm during childbirth.

They added: “We know there is still a lot to do. Ավար The government is supporting NHS obstetricians by investing in improving workplace culture while financing birth-related brain injuries to better meet the needs of local obstetric staff.

“A strong workplace culture only changes when the NHS has the staff it needs, so we are increasing the labor force by raising միլիոն 95 million.”

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