Germany suspends decision to stop some hospitals treating very low birth weight babies

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d156
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

The German healthcare system has decided to temporarily lift the recently announced ban on some small hospitals caring for babies with a very low birth weight.

The ban, which was announced in June 2010 and was due to come into force on 1 January, would have allowed only 70 hospitals to care for the 8000 very low birth weight babies born in Germany every year. Hospitals that cared for fewer than …

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