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It is "not fair and not right" that some parents have to return to work before their newborn leaves hospital, Theresa May has said as she launched a consultation on parental leave. Under government plans, new parents in Britain would get one week of state-funded leave and pay for every week their baby is in hospital. The intention is for parents to have more time at home with their newborns. Every year around 100,000 babies go into neonatal care after their birth. The consultation will also seek views on how parental leave can be changed to "better reflect our modern society". Mrs May - who is due to step down as prime minister next week - said she wanted to provide further support for pa... Full story

18 July