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Hunt announces £4m drive to reduce stillbirths and neonatal and maternal deaths in England

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6158 (Published 16 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6158
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

A new drive to halve the rate of stillbirths and neonatal and maternal deaths in England by 2030 has been announced by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

The initiative will focus on reducing one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe: the United Kingdom had the third highest rate among 35 high income countries in a 2011 study.1 Launched in partnership with consultants, midwives, and other experts, the plan will also target a reduction in the number of brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth.

As part of the drive, NHS trusts with maternity services will be benchmarked against other trusts by publishing new data on stillbirth …

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