Unacceptable gaps for NHS to help premature babies

14th April 2016

According to a child health expert there are unacceptable gaps of time, which the NHS should be using to treat babies who are sick and premature.

Instead, the BBC has reported on how a lot of babies are being left untreated, according to results from a snapshot survey by the charity Bliss.

This data has unveiled that neonatal transport services in the UK have been consistently understaffed and under-resourced, leading to a severe lack of timely treatment.

However, the NHS is claiming that its care and service is as good as other countries in Europe, despite the fact that Bliss maintains that babies are having to wait too long for life-saving care and attention.

A major cause of the problem is the number of funding cuts throughout the NHS, which has seen 16,000 babies transferred between hospitals in the UK every year.

Professor Neena Modi, leader of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: "Delay in transfer can seriously adversely affect a baby's chances of a good outcome, so this is completely unacceptable for a modern health service."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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