HC Deb 22 June 1993 vol 227 c111W
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
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.

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