Neo-natal care at St George's
Monday, 16 October 2006 10:52
spoke in an Adjournment Debate I had secured on neonatal care. I outlined the significant progress that has been made in neonatal care – the
fact that four in five babies now survive, compared with one in five in the
1980s is testament not only to the technological advances, but also the work of
doctors and nurses in this area of medicine.
I recently visited
the neonatal unit at St George’s – the hospital offers the most advanced neonatal care in South West London, supported
by £72m of funding over three years. However, I used the Adjournment Debate to
stress that there is an urgent need for more funding, additional recruitment of
neonatal nurses, extra capacity and a more effective commissioning service.
Research by BLISS has shown that only 3% of neonatal units in the UK can
currently provide one to one nursing for premature babies, and that the nursing
shortfall is around 2700 nationwide. You can read the full debate here. I was encouraged by the
Minister’s response and hope that the debate helped to raise awareness of these
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