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Perinatal Mortality

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was allocated to research into stillbirth in 2007-08. (231477)

The Department’s Policy Research Programme1 and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) spent £2.2 million2 in 2007-08 on research related to stillbirth.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research. The MRC spent £1.2 million in 2007-08 on research related to stillbirth. The MRC also funds several large cohort studies that include a stillbirth research component; and supports a large portfolio of underpinning reproductive medicine and paediatric research, much of which may be relevant to stillbirth.

The Government fund the confidential inquiry into maternal and child health (CEMACH) which undertakes a confidential enquiry into the deaths of babies between 22 weeks of gestation and 28 days old. CEMACH publishes an annual report into perinatal mortality, including stillbirth, which records progress and identifies risk factors.

1 Via the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. The total financial allocation made to the unit in 2007-08 is included.

2 This figure does not include the cost of projects undertaken in the NHS and supported by NIHR transitional support funding. That information is not available.