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New-Born Care Quality Commission Review Announced in England

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced a review into the care of new-born babies by hospitals and community services in England.

The review will involve 20 neonatal and community services that look after babies born prematurely or those needing treatment after birth. Neonatal nursing is the provision of care for newborn babies up to 28 days after birth.

Inspectors will look at how well staff in obstetrics and fetal medicine collaborate to care for new-born babies with severe health problems. Particular focus will centre on the diagnosis and management of high blood pressure and the management of so-called ‘respiratory support technologies’ such as tracheostomies.

The review - which starts in September 2015 - will be used to look at variations in care management and how one services transfer cases over to each other to ensure the care provided is continuous. Inspectors will also examine how well staff spot and manage complications that occur during pregnancy.

The CQC will work alongside an expert advisory group including members of the Royal College of Nursing, the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, to pinpoint gaps in the quality of care, highlight good practice, and identify barriers that may prevent hospitals from providing quality care.

A report outlining the key findings will be published in spring 2016 and could lead to the development of national clinical guidelines by professional bodies to ensure there is consistent care across the country.

From past inspections, the CQC has previously identified a marked difference in the quality of care provided by maternity services across England. This latest review is crucial in that it will examine variability in the quality and safety of care in the areas being looked at, identify problems and highlight best practice so it can be shared.

Our Medical Negligence solicitors have significant experience dealing with cases where neonatal care failures have led to babies suffering catastrophic complications. Pregnancy and birth injuries are devastating and in some cases can cause severe disability. We understand the complex legal and medical issues involved, and the importance of supporting you through this most difficult time.

Nisha Sharma is a Senior Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London, who has experience in handling claims for compensation following neonatal deaths.

The Clinical Negligence Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers help families who have had to deal with devastating birth injuries in a sensitive and supportive manner. If your baby was injured during pregnancy or child birth due to medical negligence call us for a free consultation any time of day on 0800 916 9049 or contact us online. We can provide immediate representation anywhere in the UK.

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