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ANNUAL BABY LOSS AWARENESS DEBATE - CULTURE OF NHS COVER-UPS OVER PREVENTABLE STILLBIRTHS MUST END

I again led the for the SNP for the annual Baby Loss Awareness debate in the House of Commons.


With my own experience of stillbirth, this is a debate that is very close to my heart.


Too many parents in Scotland and across the UK struggle to cope with stillbirths which are entirely preventable.


Mistakes can happen but scandal is that when they do, Health Trusts and Health Boards fall back on a culture of cover up and evasion, which only makes the grieving process much more difficult. Time and again we see NHS Trusts and Health Boards across the UK closing ranks when things go wrong, providing no answers to those grieving the loss of their baby.


Without a listening and learning culture, mistakes will not be learned from, which may explain why our stillbirth rates are higher than other comparable European countries.


“Investigations” and “reports” into baby deaths are all very well but unless the culture of cover up changes, then talk of “lessons learned” will be just that – talk and empty words. I will continue to challenge this culture.


Please click below to hear why 👇



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