Government needs to take lead in preventing injuries in children

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:331
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. London

    Primary care trusts, along with local authorities, should draw up local strategies to help prevent some of the two million visits of unintentionally injured children to emergency departments each year in the United Kingdom, says a new report from the Audit Commission and the Healthcare Commission.

    The joint report says that the government has failed to tackle the problem and should spell out what is needed locally to prevent accidental injuries.

    Injuries such as those caused by burns, falling down stairs, and poisoning are a leading cause of …

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