Solicitor Marc Folgate looks at a report highlighting a disturbing healthcare-related trend.
” We all take the view that as medicines and treatments become more advanced there is a beneficial knock-on in terms of life expectancy. However, perhaps it is now time to challenge that optimistic pre-conception. It appears that for the second year running infant mortality rates have risen.
It seems the jury is still out on the cause of this troubling statistic. There are likely to be social factors at play here but I have noted that questions are being raised about the levels of maternity and infancy healthcare and whether they are likely to have contributed to the rise. A rise which is now more, it seems, than just a blip”, he explains.
“Whilst we cannot make a direct connection between staffing levels, pressures on our maternity services and infant mortality, there is no doubt that overworked and under-resourced services cannot deliver the safest and highest-quality care” Gill Walton, CEO, Royal College of Midwives.
The link to The Guardian article published today is provided for your further reading on the subject.