Northern Ireland services under strain

New Bliss and TinyLife research shows neonatal services do not have enough nurses or doctors to meet vital benchmarks for high-quality care. Take action now.

Services are also struggling to give parents the support they need to be able to care for their baby, including not enough overnight accommodation and a lack of psychological support.

This situation is unsustainable. Urgent action is required so every baby born premature or sick in Northern Ireland is cared for on a neonatal unit which is meeting best practice standards so they have the very best chance of surival and long-term quality of life. 

We want to see:

  • The importance of having neonatal units which are well organised, staffed and funded must transcend political turbulence. The required funding must be available wherever decision making power is held.
  • The Department of Health, Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency must work together to produce a Northern Ireland Neonatal Service Specification.
  • The Department of Health, Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency must invest in neonatal care so services can recruit the nurses, doctors and other professionals they uregently need.
  • The Department of Health, Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency need to invest in developing onsite facilities for families so they can be with their baby, including overnight accommodation, and ensure all units can provide families access to psychological support.

Bliss and TinyLife: Northern Ireland Baby Report 2018

Download and read our latest review of neonatal services in Northern Ireland.