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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07238: Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 15 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it will receive the findings of NHS Forth Valley’s internal inquiry into the increase in the number of stillborn babies in the area in 2016.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 9 March 2017

NHS Forth Valley has taken action locally to internally review all of their cases of stillbirth. The Board has also commissioned an independent external review to look into their 2016 stillbirths.

The Scottish Government supports the action that NHS Forth Valley is taking to understand and learn from this unexpected rise in the number of stillbirths locally, and expects them to act on the findings of the reviews. The Board has agreed to share the outcomes of both internal and external reviews, when complete, with the expert Scottish Government Stillbirth Group, to ensure that learning is shared across Scotland to improve outcomes and help drive down stillbirth rates.