HC Deb 25 March 2003 vol 402 c203W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of neonatal intensive care provision; and if he will make a statement. [104234]

Jacqui Smith

A national review of neonatal intensive care provision has been undertaken, which addresses how best to assure equity of access to intensive care for premature and critically ill babies and support for their families. Ministers are currently considering the report following from this review and expect to determine the next steps in this process shortly.

We are also currently developing the children's national service framework, which includes maternity services and will set national standards of care for antenatal, intrapartum and post natal services as well as for the care of children in hospital.