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Children get “weak” services in most NHS trusts

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7567.513 (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:513
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    The health services watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, has scored most NHS trusts in England as weak for elements of their children's services.


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    Commission has concerns about hospital care for children

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    Although the overall standard of services was “fair,” the commission found outpatient care, day care, and emergency care were singled out as the areas of greatest concern. The lack of training in surgical and anaesthetist staff working on emergencies and elective surgery in children also gave cause for concern.

    The commission assessed 157 NHS trusts against standards set out in the National …

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