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Neonatal Care

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to increase the level of recruitment of neonatal nursing staff; and if she will make a statement. (85731)

The national health service ensures the maintenance of adequate staffing levels through local delivery plans. ‚ÄúDelivering the NHS Improvement Plan: the Workforce Contribution‚ÄĚ highlights strategic work force issues, which primary care trusts and strategic health authorities are asked to ensure are considered in their local delivery plans. This includes maintaining adequate staffing levels as well as achieving greater productivity. It is for local hospital trusts to ensure that there are appropriate nursing levels within neonatal units.