Multiple Births

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th September 2020.

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Photo of Giles Watling Giles Watling Conservative, Clacton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS hospital trusts (a) collect and (b) publish accurate data on multiple births.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Birth data, including information on multiple births is submitted to NHS Digital via the Hospital Episodes Statistics and Maternity Services Dataset data collections. As multiple births form only a small percentage of the total number of births, this information is not routinely released as part of monthly publications due to the small numbers involved at each provider, but is available on request.

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