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Too much variation and too little progress found in neonatal units

More needs to be done to drive up basic standards in neonatal units, according to the latest audit of services
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More needs to be done to drive up basic standards in neonatal units, according to the latest audit of services.

The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) – funded by NHS England and the Welsh and Scottish governments – has found there is too much variation and too little progress made since the last review in 2014.

750,000

babies are born each year in England, Scotland and Wales

It came to this conclusion after assessing 95,000 admissions across 179 units in 2015, including, for the first time, hospitals in Scotland.

The team behind the audit said sharing best practice and getting units to work together would be key to driving up standards. To help, they have launched a new interactive tool that helps units compare

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