Premature and Sick Babies APPG

First Registered: 13/02/2019 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To raise awareness of the issues affecting the parents of premature and sick babies, to create practical action which secures the best quality of life for affected families, and to champion policies which increase the chance of a positive outcome for these babies.

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Recent Documents related to Premature and Sick Babies

1. Bliss - written evidence
09/10/2018 - Inquiry: First 1000 days of life - Health and Social Care Committee
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Found: that champions the right of every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care. We achieve this

2. PM calls for greater equality in parental leave
19/07/2019 - Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street (Number 10)
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Found: Leave and Pay entitlement, for parents of premature and sick babies who need to spend a prolonged period in

3. Parents of premature and sick babies
11/03/2020 - Early Day Motions

Found: announcement to allow employed parents of premature and sick babies to to claim up to 12 weeks Neonatal Leave

4. Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families
19/07/2019 - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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Found: work. It proposes new support for parents of babies requiring neonatal care through statutory Neonatal

5. Best Beginnings - written evidence
09/10/2018 - Inquiry: First 1000 days of life - Health and Social Care Committee
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Found: charities, aim to support families of sick and premature babies through their experiences and forms the

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Premature and Sick Babies

1. Parental Leave (Premature and Sick Babies)
12/06/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: extend entitlements to parental leave for parents of babies born prematurely or requiring neonatal care; and - Speech Link

2. Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition)
14/11/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: our doctors and nurses to look after us.The sick and vulnerable are disproportionately hit, particularly - Speech Link

3. Pre-eclampsia
09/05/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: about improving survival rates for mothers and babies when this condition occurs.Pre-eclampsia - Speech Link

4. Coronavirus
07/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: work and lack of decent sick pay. Will the Secretary of State look again at sick pay entitlement, because - Speech Link
2: protective clothing, and many without access to sick pay, fighting a losing battle against this awful - Speech Link
3: one group impacted is the parents of premature and sick babies. I commend to the Secretary of State the - Speech Link
4: House will know that one of our Members lost premature twins very recently. It affects many, many families - Speech Link

5. Hospital Car Parking Charges
01/02/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: different groups of patients and drivers.The sick and vulnerable are disproportionately hit by the - Speech Link
2: centre in Telford than to go to hospital to visit a sick relative. There is clearly something wrong with - Speech Link
3: effect on parents of premature and sick babies. We know that if premature and sick babies are to have the - Speech Link

6. World Prematurity Day
24/11/2015 - Westminster Hall

1: whose strapline is,“for babies born too soon, too small, too sick”.Those organisations really - Speech Link
2: how great the care provided by the NHS to premature babies is. I absolutely praise that, but suggest - Speech Link
3: May 2006, at 26 weeks’ gestation. The twins’ premature birth caused serious health problems, including - Speech Link

7. Parental Leave for Parents of Premature Babies
13/11/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: has considered parental leave for parents of premature babies.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link
2: In the last week in Northern Ireland, six small babies have been born prematurely to parents who were - Speech Link
3: suffers; so do the parents. Two mums in five of premature babies suffer mental ill health because of the stress - Speech Link
4: even all, their leave entitlement watching their babies develop in incubators. As the mother to a young - Speech Link
5: which has happened to far too many parents whose babies were born too soon.The Government have delayed - Speech Link

8. Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill
11/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: difficult time for new parents, new mothers and new babies. During this lockdown period, I have been blessed - Speech Link
2: Hackney South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier) had babies while serving as Ministers but had no formal provisions - Speech Link
3: maternity pay and instead put unlawfully on to statutory sick pay during the pandemic. Indeed, there is a stark - Speech Link
4: women who have been incorrectly put on statutory sick pay instead of maternity pay, and those who have - Speech Link

9. Baby Loss Awareness Week
10/10/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: high-quality bereavement care and to reduce the numbers of babies who are lost too soon through miscarriage, stillbirth - Speech Link
2: Government are fully committed to reducing the number of babies who die during pregnancy or in the neonatal period - Speech Link
3: remembrance are necessary is to mark the 3,500 babies stillborn each year across the UK, with one in - Speech Link

10. Maternity and Paternity Leave (Premature Birth)
26/10/2016 - Commons Chamber

1: parents of babies born prematurely; and for connected purposes.Having a premature baby is one - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Premature and Sick Babies
1. Parental Leave: Childbirth
asked by: Rachel Reeves
... when the Government will publish its internal review of the rules on paid leave for parents of premature babies and sick babies and those that experience multiple births.

2. Maternity and Paternity Leave: Childbirth
asked by: Madeleine Moon
... when his Department will publish its review of the provisions for parents of premature babies and sick babies; and if he will make a statement.

3. Conditions of Employment: Parents
asked by: Christine Jardine
... how his Department is promoting to employers ACAS guidance on workplace support for parents with premature or sick babies.

4. Employment: Parents
asked by: Lord Dodds of Duncairn
... what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of support available to parents who have to return to work while their premature and sick babies remain in neonatal or intensive care.

5. Maternity Leave: Childbirth
asked by: Laura Trott
...What plans he has to introduce extended maternity leave for mothers of premature babies.

Latest Questions
5 Current APPG Officers
David Linden Portrait
David Linden
Chair & Registered Contact
Scottish National Party - Glasgow East
Joined: 13th February 2019
Darren Henry Portrait
Darren Henry
Vice Chair
Conservative - Broxtowe
Joined: 24th February 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

David Linden MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 1801.


Public Enquiry Point:

Derec Thompson, Office of David Linden MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 1801


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No benefits in kind are on record for the Premature and Sick Babies APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Premature and Sick Babies APPG

Former APPG Officers
Ranil Jayawardena Portrait
Ranil Jayawardena
Vice Chair
Conservative - North East Hampshire
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 7th August 2020
No other APPG Memberships
Victoria Prentis Portrait
Victoria Prentis
Vice Chair
Conservative - Banbury
Joined: 13th February 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
Paul Masterton Portrait
Paul Masterton
Vice Chair
Conservative - Former Member for East Renfrewshire
Joined: 13th February 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Steve Reed Portrait
Steve Reed
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Croydon North
Joined: 13th February 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019