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Birmingham mothers campaign against neonatal nurse cuts

Bliss have been running a campaign that highlights cuts being made to frontline nursing staff caring for premature and sick babies. Photo: Bliss

Two Birmingham mothers will meet Health Secretary[ Andrew Lansley this morning to discuss cuts being made to neonatal nurse posts across the country.

The meeting has been arranged by Bliss Campaigner Mandy McKeon who raised concerns about pressures facing neonatal care.

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Mandy's son Liam was born 16 weeks early in 2007 weighing just 1lb 11oz.

Liam was transferred to another hospital, 50 miles from home and Liam's dad made the 100 mile round trip every day for nine weeks.

He needed seven blood transfusions, had chronic lung disease, a heart murmur and a hernia.

He battled through and over the next two months his condition improved.

Mandy says the neonatal nurse cuts could put the lives of babies at risk.

[Bliss have been running a campaign that highlights cuts being made to frontline nursing staff caring for premature and sick babies.

Birmingham MP Jack Dromey](http://www.jackdromey.org/) will also be attending the meeting with Andrew Lansley.

We need a cast iron guarantee that the vitally important neonatal units will be supported, that health service reforms will not put them at risk and there will be the number of special nurses necessary to ensure the difference between life and death, joy and tragedy.

– Jack Dromey, Labour MP for Erdington