NHS child services to be reviewed17th September 2010
A top-level review has said a huge cultural shift is needed in the NHS in England to ensure children get the right care.
Services have been labelled mediocre in a report by Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, who called for specialist training for GPs and more investment in services.
The former head of the NHS regulator said that a better focus was particularly needed on transferring children into adult services at the 16-18 age group.
This review was ordered last autumn by former Health Secretary Andy Burnham following the case of Baby P who died after suffering a catalogue of abuse.
Sir Ian highlighted a number of areas for improvement and warned that with most GPs not having had paediatric training, A&E had become "default option".
A lack of coordination and information sharing was also identified between different departments.
Sir Ian concluded there were too "many barriers" hampering care.
He said: “These myriad systems can make life impossible for the children, young people and their families who desperately need the services that the NHS exists to provide.”
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said he was determined to address the issues highlighted and has published a detailed document setting out how he wanted services to change under his proposals to set up GP consortiums to take control of the NHS budget.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said: "This is a crucial document for the future health of children and is particularly important given that the recent government health white paper has little to say about children."
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Title: NHS child services to be reviewed
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 16089
Date Added: 17th Sep 2010