Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet, attended Bliss’ parliamentary event on Tuesday 20 October 2015.
The reception was organised by Bliss, the special care baby charity, to launch Bliss baby report 2015: hanging in the balance.
The report shows that there is a severe shortage of neonatal nurses and doctors, meaning units are not meeting national standards on safe staffing levels for premature and sick babies.
• In order to meet these standards* and give babies the best chance of survival and improved long term health, 2,140 more nurses are needed. The nurses that are currently caring for our most vulnerable babies do incredible work, but are being stretched to breaking point.
• At 41 per cent of units, parents do not have access to a trained mental health worker, despite parents of premature and sick babies being at far greater risk of postnatal depression**.