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Premature Babies

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to review the policy of not centrally collating information on the movement between neonatal networks of premature babies; and if she will make a statement; (85686)

(2) what action she is taking to reduce the incidence of closure to admissions of level three intensive care units for neonatal care of premature babies; and if she will make a statement.

The Department has supported the development of 24 neonatal managed clinical networks to provide the safest and most effective service for mothers and babies. Since April 2003 over £70 million additional funding has been made available to support the development of networks. The closure to admissions of level three neonatal intensive care units is a matter for local networks. It is for networks to ensure there are appropriate levels of care available to meet prevalent local demand.

The Department has no plans to review the policy of not centrally collating information on the movement of babies between neonatal networks for the reasons outlined in my reply to the hon. Member on 2 June 2006, Official Report, column 22W.