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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 1 - Senedd. View directions

Contact: Policy: Llinos Dafydd  / Legislation: Fay Buckle

Note No. Item


Introductions, apologies and substitutions


1.1 Apologies were received from Darren Millar for the morning and afternoon sessions, and from Lindsay Whittle for the morning session.

(09:00 - 15:00)


One-day inquiry into still births in Wales - Oral evidence


09:00 – 09:40

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 1 – Holly Martin Stillbirth Research Fund

          Isobel Martin

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 2 – Sands

Janet Scott, Research and Prevention Manager

Shirley Gittoes, Trustee and Vice Chair of Sands Welsh Network


09:40 – 10:20

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 3 – National Childbirth Trust

Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser

Marilyn Wills, Policy Adviser

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 4 – International Stillbirth Alliance

Prof Gordon Smith

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 5 – Manchester Academic Health Science Centre

Dr Alexander Heazell


10:20 – 10:30 Break


10:30 – 11:10

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 6 – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Mr Bryan Beattie

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 7 – West Midlands Perinatal Institute

Professor Jason Gardosi, Director


11:10 – 11:50

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 8 – Royal College of Midwives

Julia Chandler, National Officer

Stuart Bonar, Public Affairs Officer

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 9 – BMA Wales 

Dr Mark Temple, Chair – Welsh Committee of Public Health Medicine

Mr Phil Banfield, Member of BMA Welsh Council


11:50 – 13:00 Lunch


13:00 – 13:40

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 10 – Welsh Government

Dr Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer

Polly Ferguson - Women's Reproductive Health 

Dr Heather Payne - Senior Medical Officer (Maternal & Child Health)


13:40 – 14:20

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 11 – Public Health Wales

Dr Siobhan Jones, Consultant in Public Health/ Associate Director of Public Health

HSC(4)-19-12 Paper 12 – All Wales Perinatal Survey

Dr Shantini Paranjothy


14:20 – 15:00

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 13 - Cwm Taf Health Board

Angela Hopkins Director of Nursing

HSC(4)-19-12 paper 14 – Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Fiona Giraud, Associate Chief of Staff for Women's Services


Supporting documents:


2.1 The witnesses responded to questions from members of the Committee on stillbirths in Wales.


2.2 Siobhan Jones agreed to establish if Public Health Wales has undertaken engagement with ethnic minority communities on the issue of stillbirths, and provide examples if so.


Papers to note

HSC(4)-18-12 minutes - Minutes of the meeting held on 14 June


Supporting documents:


3.1 The Committee noted the minutes of the meeting held on 14 June.


Motion under Standing Order 17.42(vi) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for item 5 and for the meeting on 4 July for item 1


4.1 The Committee agreed the motion.

(15:00 - 15:30)


One-day inquiry into still births in Wales - Consideration of evidence


5.1 The Committee discussed the evidence it had received on stillbirths in Wales.





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