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Neonatal units in Wales are understaffed and under-resourced, says report

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3768 (Published 07 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3768
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

A new report highlights a severe shortage of neonatal nurses and doctors in Wales with services falling short of standards that set out what is needed to deliver safe, high quality care for babies born prematurely or sick.1

The premature and sick baby charity Bliss surveyed all 11 neonatal units and two neonatal transport services in Wales. They found that only two of the neonatal units had enough nurses to staff all their cots, in line with national standards. Nine of 11 units did not have enough nurses with a specialist qualification in neonatal …

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