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Brain Injuries and Death: Babies

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 116434, tabled on 17 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many neonatal brain (a) injuries and (b) deaths were reported in the NHS in each year from 2010 to 2020.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

25 November 2020

The numbers of neonatal brain injuries and neonatal deaths in England in years from 2010 is shown in the following table:

Year

Neonatal brain injuries1

Neonatal deaths2

2010

3,3903

2,015

2011

3,5323

2,023

2012

3,404

1,933

2013

3,393

1,774

2014

3,558

1,679

2015

3,445

1,745

2016

3,446

1,832

2017

3,270

1,810

2018

Not yet available

1,742

2019

Not yet available

2020

Not yet available

Notes:

1Source: Imperial College, London, 2017 and 2019. The 2017 report is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safer-maternity-care-progress-and-next-steps

2Source: Office for National Statistics: Child mortality (death cohort) tables in England and Wales, available at https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/childmortalitystatisticschildhoodinfantandperinatalchildhoodinfantandperinatalmortalityinenglandandwales

3The original report presents a range for the years 2010 (3,160 to 3,619) and 2011 (3,434 to 3,630) as the available data did not cover all births in England. The table presents the midpoints of these ranges.

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