Child health is under threat from NHS reforms, says report

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 08 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8022
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Children’s health services could suffer as a result of the NHS reforms and leave youngsters’ health and welfare split between several different organisations, warns a report.

The danger of responsibility for children and young people’s needs falling between different organisations with little joined up care is a possibility under the reforms proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill.

This warning was made in the report Children and young people’s health—where next? published on 8 December by the NHS Confederation—the representative body for NHS organisations—the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Office of Public Management.

The report warns that insufficient attention has been paid to what the reforms will mean for child health and the government should act urgently to clarify how services will work together and go on to produce a cross government strategy.

The report says: “Despite the range of child health policies and strategies within individual government departments and ministries . . . there is still no sufficiently …

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