Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the implications for his policies of the findings of the report by Sands on preventing babies' deaths; and if he will make a statement.
Daniel Poulter (Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Conservative)
We have made reducing perinatal mortality, including stillbirth, an area of improvement for the national health service in the NHS Outcomes Framework for 2012-13, and as a result women who have suffered a stillbirth will receive additional support from the NHS.
Following publication of the Sands report, the Department has worked closely with Sands and other organisations to develop a stillbirth prevention work programme. This programme will be overseen by a small group, including representatives from Sands, and will be supported by a number of advisory groups whose membership will be tailored to the specific issue they are addressing.