|Plans to set up a national breast milk bank are apparently underway.
Currently, there are 17 donor breast milk banks run by NHS hospital trusts in the UK, but there are concerns over differing standards and the fact that the trusts may not always share their stored milk with neighbouring banks, leading some babies to miss out.
The Department of Health has reportedly now ordered its clinical watchdog NICE to draw up guidelines on setting up a new service with strict procedures similar to those of the National Blood Service.
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