The government has recently issues a plan to ‘improve the safety, quality and continuity of care to halve stillbirths, maternal and infant deaths and serious brain injuries in new-born babies by 2025.’ This plan aims to redesign the neonatel services with expansions in staff which will include expert neonatel nurses and specialist with new roles for allied health professionals.
The health and social card secretary Matt Hancock made a statement regarding the new plan saying he would like ‘our NHS to be the best place in the world to give birth’ and that they ‘will take steps to ensure every expectant mother is supported – from pregnancy, to birth, to those critical first months of parenthood – with a comprehensive package of personalised, high-quality support.’.
He also addressed the plans to digitalise the ‘red book’ which is used to store child health records, stating that ‘in this digital age we need to keep
Speaking about stillborn, maternal and infant deaths Hancock said ‘great care also means safe care, but sadly too many women are still suffering the unimaginable tragedy of losing a child. We are committed to saving 4,000 lives by 2025 by halving stillbirths, maternal and infant deaths and serious brain injuries in new-borns.’.
Some of the measures that will be taken due to the new plan will include:
- Digitising the paper child health record known as the ‘red book’.
- Piloting digitisation of maternity records for 100,000 women by the end of 2019 to help women make more informed choices about their care in a more convenient way.
- Improved accomodation for critically ill new-born babies and support dedicated care co-ordinators from 2021 to 2022.
- Wider availability of physiotherapy for the 1 in 3 women who experience incontinence after child birth.
- Asking all maternity services to deliver an accredited, evidence-based infant feeding programme in 2019 to 2020 such as the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative.
The plans are backed by the increase in funding by £20.5 billion every year by 2023 to 2024 for the NHS.