Cuts will cost lives says campaign mum

Catherine Allcott, from Norton, is calling to stop cuts to services involving premature babies.
Catherine Allcott, from Norton, is calling to stop cuts to services involving premature babies.
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A MUM who lost one of her twins after giving birth 14 weeks early, has joined the campaign to stop the cuts of front line nurses.

Catherine Allcott, who lives in Norton, warned more lives will be lost following a parliamentary event she attended.

She was part of a group from the charity Bliss - a baby care charity dedicated to helping premature babies survive - who visited Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris in London recently.

Mrs Allcott gave birth prematurely to her twins Grace and Luke in 2006. But Luke sadly went on to die of an infection at the age of three months old.

Mrs Allcott said: “If there had been more investment and an increase in staff, then my son could have been alive today.

“There is always more that can be done but we are aware the NHS is going through some particularly difficult times and to invest in more care for premature and sick babies can save the NHS money in the long run. My daughter is no more of a drain on resources than anybody else.”

A report by the Bliss charity revealed that one in three hospitals were cutting their workforce.

Mrs Allcott added: “The staff at Northampton work fantastically hard and they were very supportive to us both through the birth and the subsequent problems.

“But for really sick children, there needs to be one nurse per child because they are so poorly. More staff are needed at places like Northampton.”