'Vital' all information possible is used to assess reasons behind high child death rate in Shropshire
Health bosses have been told that a number of factors, including non-medical issues, should be assessed to understand the high child mortality rate in the county.
The board of NHS Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care Board (ICB) met yesterday, and discussed a fresh report analysing mortality metrics for the county.
It was the first time the report had been prepared for the board.
Included in the data, which covered all types of deaths in the county, were figures which showed that childhood mortality – for those aged one to 17, was at the highest rate in the country.
Neonatal mortality rates and infant mortality rates were also above national levels.
The report detailing the findings was presented by Dr Nick White, chief medical officer for the ICB.