A severe shortage of nursing staff is posing serious danger to sick and premature baby units in Wales, according to premature baby charity, BLISS.
Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 showed that no neonatal unit in Wales reached the recommended level of nursing staff.
Demand for care in Welsh neonatal units in 2006 increased by 13%, despite the numbers of specialist nurses increasing by only 2%. Over 100 more nurses are needed to meet the recommended minimum nursing standards.
Currently, nurses in these units must turn patients away, forcing mothers and babies to travel long distances to find available care. No transport service exists in Wales to transfer babies between units.
BLISS has been campaigning for better neonatal resources across the UK for three years. Similar surveys, displaying similar findings from England and Scotland, have been published over the last couple of months.