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Press comment: Parental Leave (Premature and Sick Babies) Bill

David Linden MP is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Premature and Sick Babies. He presented his Ten Minute Rule Bill on Parental Leave (Premature and Sick Babies) on Wednesday, 12 June 2019.

Clare McCarthy, spokesperson for Right To Life UK, said:

“This is a welcome Ten Minute Rule Bill from David Linden MP that aims to relieve pressure on parents who have a very sick or premature baby, at what is an incredibly stressful time for them.

“Ten Minute Rule Bills rarely become law, so we are calling on the Government to commit to introducing new legislation that will ensure that these proposals become law.

“Parents in these situations often unexpectedly find themselves torn between the requirement to return to work and the need to be beside their very sick baby in hospital.

“This small change in the law would provide parents with the flexibility that would ensure they are able to care for their child without the added pressure of potentially losing their job.