Hospitals receive funding boost for better baby care

NHS, Hunt
"This is an important step towards creating a safer NHS 7 days a week."

Almost 100 trusts will receive government backing to invest in new maternity equipment for safer checks

(London, UK) More than 90 NHS trusts across the country will receive a share of a £2m investment to buy new technology, including ultrasound machines and mother and baby monitoring equipment, so any problems can be detected and addressed earlier.

This is part of a campaign by the government to halve the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth, by 2030.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “The introduction of new equipment, specialist training and closer working with Royal Colleges to reduce stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries is fundamental to ensuring the NHS remains one of the safest places in the world to give birth.

 “This is an important step towards creating a safer NHS 7 days a week. By ensuring midwives and doctors have the right equipment we can further improve the safety and care of thousands of women and their babies during this life-changing moment.”

The government is investing in a new system that can be used consistently across the NHS to help staff review and learn from every stillbirth and neonatal death. More than £1m has also been invested in training programmes that will give NHS staff the skills and confidence to provide world-leading safe care.

Improving maternity services is part of the government’s wider commitment to make sure all patients receive safe, high quality healthcare 24 hours a day, seven days a week, backed by a £10bn investment in the NHS.

Applications for funding were considered by the Department of Health and representatives from the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.