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MP welcomes move to take stillbirths out of the shadows

North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson has welcomed the announcement from Scottish health secretary Shona Robison that she is looking to extend fatal accident inquiries to include babies who are stillborn. Ms Robison has said that she has asked the Crown Office to consider the issue.

Mrs Gibson, whose own baby was stillborn at full term in 2009, said: ‘I formally raised this matter with Ms Robison last year. Given that 34 per cent of stillbirths occur at 37 weeks and beyond we need to do more to avoid unnecessary deaths. Experts in the field agree that for otherwise healthy babies to die near or at full term is an avoidable event.

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