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Action yet to be taken on stillbirth independent investigation

Now, almost two years after a consultation on inquests into stillbirths was delivered, the government has yet to respond. 

It has recently been reported by MPs that 1,000 babies die preventable deaths each year due to understaffing and a culture of blame among the maternity ward workforce. 

However, despite pressure from campaigners and a promise by the government that a response would come in September 2019, it is yet to be published. 

The Department for Health and Social Care has told Byline Times, “work on analysing the responses to the consultation on coronial investigations of stillbirths has been delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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Source: Byline Times, 14 July 2021


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