Belfast Trust's stillbirth figures don't tell the whole story

Stillbirths, including deaths within 28 days of birth, are over half as high again as the national average in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Picture by Dominic Lipinski, Press Association
BELFAST Health and Social Care Trust has the worst stillbirth rate in the UK, a University of Leicester study has found. Stillbirths (including deaths within 28 days of birth) are over half as high again as the national average. Of Northern Ireland’s other four health trusts, the two farthest from Belfast were ranked almost as badly, while the two nearest had rates below the national average. The latter two are centred on Craigavon, an acute hospital with a full maternity service; and the Ulster, which serves part of Belfast. What all this means is that the Belfast trust&rsqu[...]

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