Local MSP Neil Findlay met with representatives of Bliss Scotland last week to discuss improving services for sick or premature babies.

Bliss Scotland is a charitable organisation, which does excellent work to ensure that sick or premature babies receive access to the very best care.

Almost 6000 babies are born in Scotland every year who require specialist neo-natal care. Nevertheless, Bliss Scotland have found that shortages in nursing and medical staff are putting negatively affecting standards of neo-natal services.

Mr Findlay also discussed with Bliss their concerns about the lack of parental leave in the workplace when babies are receiving neo-natal care, putting families under extra pressure in an already difficult situation.

The Scottish Government Report, The Best Start, which sought to improve neo-natal and maternity services, made some welcome improvements, however, it fell short on issues such as the failure to guarantee families with premature babies receive overnight accommodation near the hospital, in addition to securing parental leave.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“Bliss Scotland is leading the way on ensuring access to excellent neonatal services for sick and premature babies whilst also supporting their families.

“It is so important that the Scottish Government uses their influence and powers to do everything they can to make an already stressful, and anxiety provoking, situation that little bit better by guaranteeing extra parental leave for parents in these circumstances, and by securing overnight onsite accommodation so that families can be close to their babies.

“I would urge the Scottish Government to listen to Bliss and to implement their recommendations.” 

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