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NHS ‘short of natal nurses’

4th November 2009

The NHS has been advised to increase its efforts to employ natal nurses in the UK, after numerous reports concluded that newborn babies are receiving substandard care due to staff shortages.

Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS, has headed up a year-long, government-commissioned inquiry into neonatal care in England, reports the Guardian.

The accompanying report found that natal units are short of approximately 2,700 nurses and many healthcare employees avoid going into this area due to the emotional demands of the occupation.

Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, is quoted by the news provider as saying: “We urge the government to ensure that the resources and funding needed to implement the recommendations and standards are made available.”

This news comes after the UK National Screening Committee announced that it is considering enlarging the newborn bloodspot screening programme to test for a further eight rare conditions in babies, the Telegraph informed.

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