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Pool resources to lift children’s health services out of “mediocre state”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5129 (Published 17 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5129
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Health services for children in England are designed too much around the needs of organisations, buildings, and professionals rather than the people they are intended to serve, a review has found.

    Children and their parents are given fourth priority when it comes to the NHS, said Ian Kennedy, an expert in health law and chairman of the Healthcare Commission 2003-9, at the launch of his review on 16 September.

    To better meet the needs of children and young people the money spent on children’s health from the NHS, social services, and education budgets should be pooled and administered under a new government department for children’s wellbeing.

    An integrated system of care is needed, recommends the review, with hospital and community based doctors, nurses, health visitors, social workers, and school …

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