Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Baby care crisis

Some real problems in hospital treatment for newborn babies

At least three premature babies are being transferred between hospitals every day because of severe shortages of beds and nurses, research published today reveals.

The babies are being transported an average of 126 miles, causing distress to their parents and risking their health, according to an annual audit of all neonatal care in England conducted for the premature-baby charity Bliss. It details a deepening crisis in neonatal care.

Journeys of 200 or 250 miles are not infrequent, and one baby was sent to a hospital 286 miles away in the most extreme example in the last year. The audit shows that half of units are being forced to accept babies they are not equipped for, and that only 3% of units provide the recommended standard of one nurse to one baby in intensive care.

What's that about judging a society by the way it treats its most vulnerable members?


At Wednesday, July 12, 2006 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Carlotta said...

Wonder if £224 million would help?

At Wednesday, July 12, 2006 10:54:00 AM, Blogger archrights said...

Well, it would be a good start!


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