Y Pwyllgor Iechyd a Gofal Cymdeithasol

Health and Social Care Committee










                 28 March 2012

Dear Colleague


The National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee is undertaking a one-day inquiry into stillbirths in Wales. 


The purpose of this session is:


Invitation to contribute to the inquiry


The Committee welcomes evidence from both individuals and organisations.  If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please provide a brief description of the role of your organisation.


We will be holding a one-day oral evidence session in summer term 2012 so it would be helpful if you could indicate in your submission whether you would be prepared to give oral evidence, if invited. 


Generally, we ask for submissions to be made in writing because it is normal practice for the National Assembly to publish evidence provided to a Committee on our internet site so that it becomes part of the public record.  However, we are also able to accept evidence in audio or video format.  The Committee welcomes contributions in English or Welsh, and we ask organisations with Welsh Language policies / schemes to provide bilingual responses, where applicable, in line with their public information policies. 


If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to HSCCommittee@wales.gov.uk.


Alternatively, you can write to: Committee Clerk, Health and Social Care Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.


Submissions should arrive by Friday 25 May 2012. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.


For your information, the Committee has invited submissions from those on the attached distribution list. We would be grateful if you could forward a copy of the letter to any individuals or organisations that are not included on this list, but might like to contribute to the inquiry. A copy of this letter has been placed on the National Assembly’s website with an open invitation to submit views.


Disclosure of Information


It is normal practice for the National Assembly to publish evidence provided to a Committee.  Consequently your response may appear in a report or in supplementary evidence to a report.  The National Assembly will not publish information which it considers to be personal data.


In the event of a request for information submitted under UK legislation, it may be necessary to disclose the information that you provide.  This may include information which has previously been removed by the National Assembly for publication purposes.


If you are providing any information, other than personal data, which you feel is not suitable for public disclosure, it is up to you to stipulate which parts should not be published and to provide a reasoned argument to support this.  The National Assembly will take this into account when publishing information or responding to requests for information.


Yours faithfully

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Mark Drakeford AC / AM

Cadeirydd / Chair


Distribution list


Health Boards

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Cwm Tâf Health Board

Hywel Dda Health Board

Powys Teaching Health Board


Health Trusts

Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Velindre NHS Trust

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust


Community Health Councils

Board of Community Health Councils in Wales

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg CHC

Aneurin Bevan CHC

Betsi Cadwaladr CHC

Brecknock and Radnor CHC

Cardiff & The Vale CHC

Cwm Tâf CHC

Hywel Dda CHC

Montgomery CHC


Official Agencies

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare

Wales Audit Office


Professional Bodies

British Medical Association

Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Midwives

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Welsh NHS Confederation




Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC)

Cardiff University


Clinicians and relevant interest groups

Holly Martin Stillbirth Research Fund


Dr Alexander Heazell

Dr Bryan Beattie

Tommy’s baby charity

National Childbirth Trust

International Stillbirth Alliance