STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Up to 600 stillborn babies a year ‘are dying needlessly because of blunders by doctors and midwives’

  • Doctors and midwives accused of failing to intervene when babies become distressed in the womb
  • Inquiry was commissioned by the Department of Health and conducted by Oxford University
  • Comes as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt launches drive to halve the number of stillbirths and deaths among new babies and mothers
  • UK had one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe in 2013

A confidential inquiry commissioned by the Department of Health is set to reveal that the lives of half of all stillborn babies could be saved every year in the UK. The report accuses doctors and midwives of failing to intervene in enough cases when the fetus is distressed in the womb, resulting in 600 avoidable deaths every year.

Approximately 1,200 babies are stillborn every year, but the inquiry conducted by Oxford University is expected to reveal that in many cases the deaths could have been prevented by closer monitoring and intervention to deliver the baby before the complications became serious. It is not the first time research has shown that the deaths of some full-term babies could be avoided, something campaigners have been keen to highlight for years.

Janet Scott, research and prevention head at Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, said: ‘If you knew that there were hundreds of avoidable deaths from some particular cause among infants or children or even adults, people would take that very seriously and that would be addressed. ‘It is mystifying that this doesn’t apply to this group of babies. ‘Very often, the things that go wrong are due to failure to identify risk during pregnancy and failure to act on a risk that has been identified.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3319616/Up-600-stillborn-babies-year-dying-needlessly-blunders-doctors-midwives.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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