Inspectors to investigate baby’s death in Sicily after neonatal bed could not be found

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h879
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Rome

Concern over the state of Italy’s healthcare system has been raised after the death of a newborn baby who was transported across Sicily in search of an intensive care cot.

The row grew on the evening of 11 February as the new head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, telephoned the governor of Sicily, Rosario Crocetta, to express his “incredulity and sadness” that the baby girl died in an ambulance during her 110 km journey to Ragusa because no hospital in Catania had room for her.

Experts say that Italy’s health system, until recently ranked as one of the world’s best by the World Health Organization, …

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