A number of organisations have commented on the Bliss baby report 2016: time for change about the challenges facing services for premature and sick babies in Wales. Read their responses below.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
The RCPCH leads the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) which measures how well each neonatal unit in England and Wales is performing against service standards. To find out more and see the latest report visit the quality improvement and audit pages on the College's website.
"The NHS as a whole is coming under increasing amounts of pressure due to worsening staff shortages, chronic underfunding and fragmented services. From our own research, we know that gaps and vacancies on rotas remain high and paediatricians are concerned at the ability of services to cope. So this, coupled with the findings from today's report, is great cause for concern.
"Babies in neonatal units are extremely vulnerable - they need and deserve the highest level of care. To do this, all neonatal units must meet the required service standards. This is only possible if they have adequate staffing levels allowing them to cope with the demand placed upon them. Therefore, we fully support all the recommendations made within Bliss' report and urge Welsh Government to act now and protect these vulnerable babies."
Dr Mair Parry, Officer for Wales, RCPCH