Antoinette Sandbach welcomes action on Maternity Safety

The MP for Eddisbury has welcomed the plans announced today for better investigations to be undertaken into those babies who are stillborn.

In a statement to the House the Secretary of State is expected to set out plans for the newly established Healthcare Safety Investigations branch to guarantee an independent investigation from experts into any stillbirth, neonatal or maternal death or severe brain injury during labour. The UK has one of the worst stillbirth rates in Western Europe with more than 3,000 deaths a year.

In addition, he will announce Government intentions to allow coroners to hold inquests into stillbirths along with bringing forward the target to halve the rate of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths and brain injuries from 2030 to 2025.

Antoinette has been campaigning on this issue as co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss putting pressure on the Government to make changes in order to improve those services provides by families affected by the loss of a baby.

Alongside her co-chair Will Quince MP, Antoinette Sandbach MP said,

“This is a great step forward as part of our wider strategy to address the UK’s relatively poor record on stillbirth and neonatal death rates. We support the Health Secretary’s energy and determination to improve standards and hope to continue to work with the Government to make progress on this issue as quickly as possible. This will form the foundation into the causes of stillbirths and will hopefully mean more parents will get answers as to why their children have died.

It is right that coroners will be able to hold inquests as so often babies who lose their lives could have been saved”.