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December 19, 2017

Bliss Scotland calls on government to tackle cost of having a baby in NICU

Bliss Scotland has called upon Holyrood to honour its pledge to urgently review its approach to expenses for families of babies in neonatal care in order to tackle the hefty price tag that Scottish parents are paying every week while their child is in hospital.

Research published by Bliss Scotland revealed that the average weekly cost of having a baby in neonatal care is £218 across Scotland. While the health service in Scotland has minimum requirements for units to provide support with accommodation, food and drink, these standards are still not being met, and are well below those seen across the rest of the UK.

Bliss Scotland is calling for the implementation of urgent, immediate solutions, as well as the delivery of longer-term recommendations made by the government's The Best Start review and Bliss Scotland Baby Report.

 

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