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Doctors pass on fears over child injuries.

AN AUDIT of child protection measures in Coventry and Warwickshire hospitals showed that doctors had asked for further checks on 29 children whose injuries were suspected of being non-accidental.

The figure represented six months of monitoring in the wake of the tightening of procedures.

Addressing a meeting of the board at Walsgrave Hospital, Dr Karen McLachlan, the trust's named doctor on child protection, said all 29 had been reported to social services and 19 of those had eventually been referred on for further help.

But she admitted that one of the issues which had arisen from the audit was that details of a child's previous admissions had appeared on the notes of only 90 per cent of the young patients.

She also said that while joint documentation between nurses and medical staff had been good during the early part of the audit, it had deteriorated towards the end.

Dr McLachlan summed up that good procedures were in place and action was under way to improve performance in the remaining principal areas of concern.

Lady Sonia Hornby and Margaret Emerson, from the Patients' Council, were concerned about children disappearing from at-risk registers when their parents moved to other parts of the country.

They were told that the NHS aimed eventually to resolve that situation.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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