Maternity Services: Bereavement Counselling

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

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of NHS trusts in England that provided mandatory bereavement care training for maternity staff in each of the last five years.

Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has taken steps to ensure that mandatory bereavement care training is provided for maternity staff in all NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement.

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

The Department has not made any estimate of the number of National Health Service trusts that provide mandatory bereavement care training for maternity staff in each of the last five years. It has also not taken steps to mandate bereavement care training for maternity staff in NHS trusts. Decisions about the provision of bereavement services are taken locally and it is for local NHS trusts to ensure that they provide appropriate training for maternity staff.

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