Multiple Births

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of quality improvement programmes aimed specifically at reducing the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and neonatal admissions in twin pregnancies; and whether they have any plans to roll such programmes out nationally to fulfil their ambition of halving stillbirths and neonatal deaths by 2025.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Through the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development grant award, the Department funded the Twins and Multiple Births Association Maternity Engagement Project, a quality improvement programme to explore whether increased adherence to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline Quality Standards 46 on Multiple pregnancy: twin and triplet pregnancies would improve the outcomes of families.

The Department was interested to see the results of the interim report of this project, which indicate that implementing the NICE guidance can contribute to reducing twin stillbirths, neonatal deaths and neonatal admissions. We look forward to reviewing the final project report, which we understand is due for publication in mid-2019.

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