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Premature babies at risk

19th December 2007

Some premature babies could be "dying unnecessarily" in England because of NHS mismanagement, according to the National Audit Office.

The Guardian reports that in 2003, the government provided £73m over a three year period in order to to link services "in hospital neonatal units in 23 regional networks that could provide specialist services to save premature and low birth weight babies".

However, the Department of Health did not provide staffing advice, the service became understaffed and "overstretched". Not enough cots were available for emergencies and the "specialist nursing workforce was nearly 10% below strength". 

 

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