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Campaigning for change 2016/17


Placing babies’ voices at the heart of decision-making, ensuring their interests are always put first

In 2016/17

  • Bliss’ open letter to NHS England, signed by over 3,700 people (including over 500 doctors, nurses and health professionals), demanded more investment into neonatal services from the government
  • We published four new reports looking at neonatal care in Wales and Scotland, at neonatal transport services across the UK, and families being kept apart on units in England.
  • Since the launch of the Wales report, in which we called for increased investment in recruitment for neonatal nursing, nurse staffing numbers in Wales for 2017 show an increase in child nursing spaces from 100 to 140.
  • Since the launch of our Families Kept Apart report our campaigners have contacted their local hospitals and MPs about unit accommodation and facilities. We expect to see significant changes in the provision for families in the coming year as a result.

This means our campaigns are focusing on ensuring that neonatal units and networks are resourced, staffed and supported effectively, and that parents are properly supported to care for their babies.

Why is this important?

Under-resourcing in neonatal units affects the care babies receive. Read more about this and why our campaigns matter to babies and families here 

How does it make a difference?

“I welcome the publication of the [Bliss Scotland Baby Report] and commend it on the important work that it does in supporting parents who have babies in neonatal care. Bliss Scotland played a vital part in our own national review and is involved in ensuring that we take the action that ensures that there is high-quality neonatal care for babies when and where they need it.”
- Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

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