Promoted by Mark Ward-Jones on behalf of the Torfaen Constituency Labour Party at 27 Brunel Road, Fairwater, Cwmbran, Torfaen NP44 4QT.
Lynne Neagle AM has today [7 July 2016] hosted an event with Bliss, who were launching their report “Bliss baby report 2016: time for change,” at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.
The reception for Assembly Members, which was organised by Bliss, the premature and sick baby charity, with the Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle who’s a passionate advocate for this cause.
The report findings highlight a shortage of neonatal nurses and doctors across Wales, which means units are not able to meet the national standards on safety and quality of care for premature and sick babies.
Bliss is calling for urgent action and investment from the Welsh Government and Health Boards across Wales to make the vital improvements needed to bring services for premature and sick babies in to line with national standards.
In particular, Bliss is calling for the Welsh Government to fund more nurse training places in child health and provide much needed leadership and direction to workforce planning for medical staffing, in order for these staffing shortages to be addressed.
Speaking at the event, Lynne Neagle AM said:
“These finding are very concerning and highlight that much more must be done to ensure that all vulnerable babies born premature or sick in Wales have access to safe, high quality care.”
However, there are positives that we can take from the report, not least the incredible support and warmth from all the staff on these wards who care for these very young and vulnerable babies.
I for one am keen to work with other Assembly Member’s during this Assembly to do all that we can to drive this issue forward. I will also be raising the findings of the report with the new Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething, at the earliest opportunity.”
Caroline Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss said:
“I would like to thank Lynne Neagle AM for sponsoring the launch of our Bliss baby report 2016: time for change, and showing her support for premature and sick babies. Whilst there has been some welcome progress in the development of neonatal services in Wales in recent years, it is clear that units are still struggling to meet standards due to shortages of staff and barriers to training.
“Bliss’ new findings serve as a stark warning that action is urgently needed to ensure that standards are met. The Welsh Government and Health Boards must provide the investment required to give premature and sick babies the best possible chance of survival and quality of life.”