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Neonatal plans defended

The Gwynedd Community Health Council has defended their decision not to intervene in plans to move neonatal services to England.

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Assembly Members 'will want to hear of improvements'

In the report published last year, the committee stated they had particular concerns with staffing shortages in neonatal units.

They heard evidence from the neonatal charity Bliss that it was affecting the delivery of care to premature babies.

This shortfall in nurses affects every health board and every unit, and as such the All Wales Neonatal Standards on nurse to baby staffing ratios are far from being met. This critical nursing shortfall is putting babies‘ lives at risk

– Bliss spokesperson

Assembly members will be asking the Health Minister if the situation has improved and if the ratio of nurses to babies has risen.

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