“Disappointing” progress in children’s health despite £10bn funding

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c680
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    Government policies and programmes have failed significantly to improve the health of the under fives in England since 1998 despite over £10bn (€11bn; $16bn) in funding, says a new report by the Audit Commission.

    The commission has called on councils and NHS organisations to work more closely together to deal with the health of children from conception to the age of five, and develop “innovative” ways of reaching disadvantaged groups within their communities.

    The report highlights that the number of health visitors in England has fallen by 10% just as immunisation …

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