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Neonatal Mortality

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) babies were delivered in each NHS trust and (b) unexplained neonatal deaths there were in each of the last three years. (248217)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated January 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many (a) babies were delivered in each NHS trust and (b) unexplained neonatal deaths there were in each of the last three years. (248217)

ONS does not routinely link information on hospitals to their respective trusts. Therefore figures on babies delivered in each NHS trust are not readily available. Data are however available by primary care organisations in England and local health boards in Wales by residence of the mother and these are shown in attached table for 2005-2007 (latest year for which figures are available).

Figures on unexplained deaths are only available at a national level. Figures for England and Wales are shown in the attached table for 2004-2006 (latest year for which figures are available).

Copies of the tables are available from the Library of the House.