Earlier today Bliss a specialist baby care charity published the findings of their survey on England’s neonatal units. Bliss is the only national charity dedicated to improving the survival and longterm quality of life for babies born prematurely or in very poor health so they are well placed to assess the situation.
NHS Cuts Putting Vulnerable Babies At Risk
The results show that NHS cuts are putting vulnerable babies at risk with a third of neonatal units cutting their workforces and replacing nurses with lessqualified staff. The department of health require at least 70% of nurses and midwives to be qualified in specialist care yet Bliss found that of the 172 units in England less than half had hit this target.
Andy Cole the charity’s chief executive said that the cuts were ‘significantly affecting the care of premature and sick babies’. Worrying then that around one in five units were likely to make further workforce reductions through redundancies vacancy freezes and downbanding posts in the next twelve months.
Bliss Survey Results Suggest More Specialist Nurses Needed
Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to recruit 3000 midwives seems to have gone out of the window and the cuts in specialist nursing can only be detrimental to chances of survival for premature and sick babies. The findings from Bliss’s survey suggest we need to be recruiting more specialist nurses and midwives not fewer.
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