Require the NHS to continue to reduce infant and maternal deaths
Last updated: 01:17pm 6 June 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.69
We will require the NHS to continue to reduce infant and maternal deaths, which remain too high.
As part of the NHS Five Year Forward View, in 2016 a report by the National Maternity Review was published. The recommendations for improved maternity services contained in that report are the framework for the government’s ambition to “halve rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth” by 2025. This policy is a promise to require the NHS to continue to reduce those rates.
“reduce the 2010 rate of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries in babies that occur during or soon after birth by 20% by 2020, demonstrating progress towards the national ambition to reduce rates by 50% by 2025.”
The government’s mandate to the NHS explicitly requires rapid improvement and the continued reduction of infant and maternal deaths, and the NHS Long Term Plan attempts to chart a course to a significant reduction within six years. We’re marking this policy as ‘done’. We’ll keep tracking to see whether the rates of infant and maternal deaths do actually fall, so follow this policy for updates.
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- NHS Five Year Forward View – NHS
- Better Births: Improving outcomes of maternity services in England – NHS
- New maternity strategy to reduce the number of stillbirths – Gov.uk
- The Government’s mandate to NHS England for 2018-19 – Gov.uk
- NHS Long Term Plan – NHS
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