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Infant Mortality: West Midlands

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 18691, tabled on 21 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of infant mortality in (a) Birmingham and (b) the West Midlands.

Answered on

2 March 2020

The Office for National Statistics publishes annual data on child and infant mortality in England and Wales.

The data shows that the rates of infant mortality have decreased in Birmingham and the West Midlands (Metropolitan County) between 2016 and 2018, the most recent year for which data is available.

Year

Infant mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births)

West Midlands (Metropolitan County)

Birmingham

2016

7.1

8.2

2017

6.3

7.1

2018

6.3

6.4