The Bliss Baby Report 2015 had responses from neonatal units, transport services, and parents across the country to find out the current state neonatal care.
According to the report, 850 babies were transferred between neonatal care units last year (100 of these were ventilated), because there was not enough space or a shortage of staff.
Nearly a third of units do not offer psychological assistance to families and almost 70% of neonatal units are caring for more babies than is considered safe.
In response to the report, Chief Executive of Bliss Caroline Davey said: “There have been welcome improvements, but we are falling further behind on several crucial measures of quality and safety, with neonatal units telling us that they are overstretched, understaffed and being pushed beyond their capacity.”
The charity is now writing a letter to NHS boss Simon Stevens to express how babies’ lives are being put at risk because of the challenges neonatal services are facing.
“Parents often tell us how much they appreciate the commitment of the individual health professionals caring for their baby. However, these staff are being pushed to their limit and this report paints a picture of neonatal services that are in trouble.”
The full Bliss Baby Report 2015 can be found here.
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