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Baby Care Units

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new-born babies required specialist cots and incubators in each of the last 10 years. (197327)

The Department does not collect the information requested. The following table details the number of births recorded in the last 10 years that required specialist care, level 2 intensive care and level 1 intensive care. It is likely that each of these births would have required a specialist cot or incubator but it should be taken as an approximate number of those pieces of equipment actually used.

Count of births by neonatal level of care for the period 1997-98 to 2006-07 in national health service hospitals in England

Finished consultant birth episodes

Neonatal level of care description

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

2002-03

2001-02

2000-01

1999-2000

1998-99

1997-98

Special care

33,069

31,879

30,848

28,811

28,743

28,510

28,727

31,397

36,102

36,117

Level 2 intensive care (high dependency intensive care)

3,835

4,051

4,051

4,389

4,415

4,233

4,336

4,675

4,741

4,458

Level 1 intensive care (maximal intensive care

6,272

6,173

5,459

5,110

5,049

6,063

5,636

6,061

7,133

6,862

Total

43,176

42,103

40,358

38,310

38,207

38,806

38,699

42,133

47,976

47,437