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Bliss believes nurses are vital to the care of babies in neonatal care.

Thanks to Bliss’ campaigning, every baby should receive the following level of nursing:

  • Intensive care: one nurse should look after no more than one baby.
  • High dependency: one nurse should look after no more than two babies.
  • Special Care: one nurse should look after no more than four babies

Recent Bliss research found:

  • One in every eight units are either making redundancies or freezing nursing posts when they become vacant.
  • More than half of units are not meeting the requirement that 70% of their registered nursing workforce should be qualified in specialised neonatal care.

Our nursing campaign so far
In 2012 we started our SOS campaign, and our report showed many neonatal units were understaffed and not able to offer appropriate levels of staff care to babies on each ward. The babies in intensive care were most likely not recieve the one-to-one care that is recommended.

Our highlights so far have been:

  • 176 stories in the media.
  • 22 campaigners met their MP in 2012.
  • 1500 campaigners wrote to Health Ministers across the UK.


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