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Appeal to women over miscarriage complaints

By Victoria O'Hara

Women who have suffered a miscarriage and are concerned over the care they have received have been asked to contact a Northern Ireland health complaints body.

The Patient Client Council (PCC) confirmed it has made the appeal after a number of women contacted them expressing concerns.

The move comes after the Belfast Telegraph reported how a 29-year-old woman who is grieving the loss of a baby said there was a need for improved bereavement and after-care service.

She highlighted how many trusts, including Belfast, did not have a dedicated bereavement midwife. The Ulster Hospital, however, does.

In a statement from the DHSSPS, it said the minister was commitment to ensuring each trust has a dedicated bereavement midwife.

A department spokesperson said a review of the 'Careplan for Women who experience a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Neonatal Death' is currently under way.

It involved professionals involved in providing care for bereaved parents and organisations such as Sands, Tiny life and Forget me not.

"We are at the final stages of completing this work which will result in a new regional guidance document and specific careplans for women dependent on their needs," the DHSSPS spokeswoman said.

The PCC can be contacted on 0800 917 0222

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