One-day inquiry into stillbirths in Wales

The Committee’s original inquiry

The National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee undertook a one-day inquiry into stillbirths in Wales during 2012/13.


The terms of reference for the inquiry were to examine the awareness, implementation and effectiveness of current guidance and recommendations across the different sectors with regard to stillbirth prevention, especially in relation to poor fetal growth and reduced fetal movements, and where potential improvements can be made.


The Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence on this topic. 


The Committee’s report

The Committee reported in February 2013. The Welsh Government responded in April 2013. The Plenary debate took place in May 2013.


The Committee’s follow-up work

In summer 2014 the Committee agreed to seek an update report from the Minister for Health and Social Services on the progress made to date in implementing the Committee’s recommendations. The Minister for Health and Social Services responded in September 2014.


The Minister’s update states that despite the progress made on the engagement of clinical staff, further work remains to be done to fully implement the Committee’s recommendations. In light of this response the Committee has agreed to return to the subject in order to follow-up on its initial conclusions and recommendations. This follow-up work will be used to consider how effective the Welsh Government has been in addressing the issues identified by the Committee in its report, with a specific focus on the implementation of the Committee’s nine recommendations.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Status: Consultation in progress

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/03/2012




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