A baby care charity organization in England has warned that budgetary cuts in the NHS are proving costly for new born babies. It has come out with a new report stating that more than half of the specialist care units for newborn babies in the country do not meet even the minimum standards specified by the government.
According to the government's standards, at least 70 percent of the neonatal unit's nursery and midwifery workforce should be qualified in specialist neonatal care.
However the report by Bliss states that in order to meet the standards, over 450 nurses currently in the position require extra training.
Stating that the government's contention that NHS cuts will not affect critical services, Bliss' chief executive Andy Cole said, "The Government's assurances that frontline services would not be affected by changes in the NHS is not true for these most vulnerable patients. The Government and NHS must take responsibility now and ensure our tiniest and sickest babies receive the highest standard of care at this critical time in their lives."