Hospital childcare is poor

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 05 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:993
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Children in hospital in England are not receiving the best care because official guidance is not being implemented, the Commons health committee reported last week. Seven “cardinal principles” proclaimed by the Department of Health in 1991 remain aspirations rather than actual achievements, the committee's report states.

    The committee argues that in the absence of community children's nursing services it is doubtful if the NHS can achieve two of the department's cardinal principles. …

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