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Review of child health targets shows progress, but coordination needs to improve

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1069
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The United Kingdom is improving its health services for children—particularly in specialised services such as neonatal care and mental health—and for pregnant women, a three year review has concluded. The review says that more resources and better coordination among service providers are needed to achieve the targets in a national 10 year plan for child health.

    The review assessed progress in achieving the recommendations in the national service framework for children, young people, and maternity services, published in 2004, which set standards for all organisations that provide services to children.

    Although the review found that the UK is one of the safest countries in the world in which to give birth, it calls for a greater focus on disadvantaged women and for …

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