Asghar raises questions on services for premature and sick babies

Mohammad Asghar AM has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health to raise concerns about services for premature and sick babies in Wales.

This follows a report by the charity Bliss which reveals that services for premature and sick babies in Wales are facing critical staffing shortages, putting babies’ safety and long term health at risk.

Mohammad Asghar said:

“I understand the report, Bliss baby report 2016: time for change, shows that eight out of ten hospitals providing neonatal care do not have enough nurses to staff all of their cots, and half of all hospitals do not have enough doctors to meet national quality standards.”

“This situation has led to nearly a quarter of all emergency transfers taking place due to a shortage of staffed cots rather than medical need, putting babies at unnecessary risk and adding to families’ stress and worry.”

“This is obviously a matter of great concern and I have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health to seek his comments and ask what action he will be taking on this.”