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Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has questioned the Scottish Government on the recent findings that stillbirths in the NHS Forth Valley area had risen above the national average in the first half of 2016.

NHS Forth Valley has announced that they are to review the uncharacteristic rise in stillbirths over the first half of 2016.

Questioning the Scottish Government, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, submitted this written question:

“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?”

Minster for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, answered saying:

“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.”

Welcoming the answer from the Scottish Government, Angus MacDonald commented:

“Clearly this is a very upsetting issue for everyone involved, and it is right that the findings of the internal inquiry, and any external review, are considered by NHS Forth Valley, and any recommendations forthcoming are implemented, so that anything which can be done will be done, to prevent this situation from happening again.

“I welcome the answer from Aileen Campbell MSP, and it is encouraging to see that the Scottish Government are committed to working with the board of NHS Forth Valley to share any findings with the Scottish Government Stillbirth Group in order improve outcomes and drive down rates of stillbirths across Scotland.”

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