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Children and young people's health ... where next?

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has written a paper monitoring the effect of health and local authority reforms on child health. This straightforward document covers commissioning, any qualified provider, safeguarding, IT, transition to adult services and workforce. There is a page devoted to health visitors where they examine the problem of absence of additional funding for the promised increase in numbers. They express concern that resources may be taken from adolescent health to support under fives, and they recommend that commissioning for health visiting should transfer to local authorities in 2013 along with the rest of public health responsibilities to ensure integration.

Overall, they call for a renewed focus on children and young people's health to avoid losing some of the gains that have been made over the last few years.

They conclude that 'unless there is increased investment in prevention and early intervention, England will fail to make progress on the child health indicators that leave us trailing behind our European counterparts and the demands on the health service and public services will grow'.

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Title Annotation:ASSOCIATION
Publication:Community Practitioner
Date:Feb 1, 2012
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