New NHS proposals fail children

05 June 2017

The new health proposals ‘fail to take into account the needs of children’, royal college warns.

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Plans to transform the NHS in England do not prioritise the needs of children and young people, says a review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

The college analysed the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and concluded that most make ‘little mention’ of the health and wellbeing needs of children, except in relation to mental health services.

It criticised the failure of the plans to demonstrate an appreciation of the life-long impact of poor health in childhood, calling the lack of focus a ‘major cause for concern’.

The report, The state of child health: STPs, says that while most STPs cover key themes such as prevention, early intervention and more care delivered in the community, a lack of detail underpins the vision in most cases.

Professor Neena Modi, president of the RCPCH, says children ‘appear to have been forgotten’.
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