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Maternity Services

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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31.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking following the publication of the National Audit Office report on maternity services.

44.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking following the publication of the National Audit Office report on maternity services.

48.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking following the publication of the National Audit Office report on maternity services.

80.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking following the publication of the National Audit Office report on maternity services.

The National Audit Office reported that, despite the halving of infant mortality rates between 1985 and 1987, there remained wide-ranging geographical variations in the incidence of infant mortality. Last July, in the Government reply to the first report from the Social Services Committee (Session 1988–89) on "Perinat 1, Neonatal and Infant Mortality" (Cm 741), we announced a major new initiative to address this problem. The National Audit Office endorsed our approach and we are taking its findings into account in its implementation.Figures just published by the Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys in its weekly monitor bulletin of 16 May, a copy of which is available in the Library, show that the decline in infant mortality continued in 1989 and rates are now lower than in any previous year.