Twins Trust

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Laura Trott Laura Trott Conservative, Sevenoaks

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has of the progress being made by the Twins Trust’s Quality Improvement Programme in reducing the number of (a) perinatal deaths and (b) neonatal admissions by 2025; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department provided grant funding for the Twins Trust Maternity Engagement Project which provided evidence that implementing National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on managing twin and multiple pregnancies can significantly reduce twin stillbirths, neonatal deaths and neonatal admissions. The two year evaluation demonstrated an 18% reduction in neonatal deaths, a 7% reduction in stillbirths, a 23% reduction in neonatal admissions, and a 6% reduction in emergency caesarean sections.

Based on the evidence generated through the Engagement Project, the Saving Babies’ Lives care bundle (version two) strongly encourages providers and commissioners to implement NICE guidance and stipulates best practice for multiple pregnancies.

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