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Exclusive: Neonatal care review may lead to ‘reconfiguration’ of intensive care units

Transformation review makes recommendations for future of neonatal critical care
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Transformation review makes recommendations for future of neonatal critical care

Neonatal critical care is one of the medical success stories of the NHS. Over the past quarter of a century, the prospects for severely ill babies have improved greatly.

Services have changed and adapted as medicine has advanced. But they are now at a crossroads.

Staff shortages, rising demand as more severely ill babies survive and variations in outcomes have created major challenges in England.

As these have emerged, the system has been rocked by failures of care leading to maternal and baby deaths at Morecambe Bay, which were highlighted in a report in 2015 , and at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, where an independent review is ongoing.

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