Bereavement Counselling: Perinatal Mortality

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve bereavement care following baby loss.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

All bereaved parents, following baby loss, should be offered the same high standard of care and support in an appropriate environment. That is why the Government recently announced over £100,000 of funding for Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity, to continue the roll-out of the National Bereavement Care Pathway for 2018/19. This builds upon £50,000 of start-up funding and is in response to the great strides the project is making.

Since 2010, Government has invested nearly £40 million in the National Health Service to improve birthing environments and this included better bereavement rooms and quiet area spaces at nearly 40 hospitals to support bereaved families.

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