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