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MPs left baffled as PMQs interrupted by mysterious announcement

MPs were left baffled as PMQs was interrupted by a mysterious Tannoy announcement.

The weird message was played over the speakers in the House of Commons chamber while Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach was asking Theresa May about bereavement care.

A booming voice rang out, saying: "May I have your attention please. The test is now complete."

Confused Parliamentarians laughed nervously, perhaps wondering if the unending hellhole that is 2019 politics had just been a sadistic experiment all along.

Speaker John Bercow said Ms Sandbach had "passed the test with flying colours."

Her question had been about the success of the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP), which has been piloted in 32 NHS Trusts in England.

The NBCP helps professionals to provide families with a greater consistency and quality of bereavement care after pregnancy or baby loss.

In 2015, Ms Sandbach told of her grief and panic after losing five-day-old Sam to a sudden infection as he slept in his cot.

She said the good results should be a "rallying cry" for the remaining trusts to implement the programme.

The Prime Minister replied: "I realise this is an issue that is close to the hearts of many members of this house, including the honourable lady who has spoken most movingly on this subject.

She added: “We do believe that all bereaved parents should be offered the same high standard of care and support in an appropriate environment.

“These results do indeed show the benefit of the NBCP. It’s already helped to strengthen support for many bereaved families across the country and I would certainly urge all trusts to adopt this approach.”

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