§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neonatal units there were in each of the last five years; and how many of these units had a named consultant in charge.
§ Mr. Sackville
The information available on the number of neonatal units in the last five years is shown in the table. Every baby in a neonatal intensive care cot will have a consultant paediatrician who is responsible for that baby's care.
Number of hospital units recording beds available for neonatal intensive care Number 1987–88 1221 1988–89 211 1989–90 210 1990–91 208 1991–92 2— Source: KHO3. 1 Includes an estimated figure for South West Thames. 2 Data are being collected in a different form with effect from 1991–92 due to redesignation after the National Health Service reforms were introduced.