Hundreds of babies are dying needlessly every year because the NHS has a chaotic approach to preventing stillbirth, an investigation by The Times has found.
One in every 200 babies is born dead and almost a quarter of these deaths could be avoided, experts said. Yet mothers are left confused about the warning signs as the health service has failed to take the problem seriously enough and needs urgently to make prevention a priority.
Our investigation found that:
• Few hospitals have any plans to cut the rates of stillbirth, which are among the highest in the developed world;
Of the 98 units that replied, only six said that they had any specific plans. The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it “does not have any in place and is not required to do so.”
National management by centralised target is just so effective, isn’tit?