Concerns raised over NHS reforms

Planned reforms for the NHS have been labelled as unclear by health service managers who are concerned that the health of vulnerable children could be put in jeopardy and could, in the worst instance, lead to tragic child protection failures.

With Primary Care Trusts being abolished, responsibility for child health is planned to be divided up amongst four other organisations across a range of geographical tiers.  It is believed that the split has a potential to lead to confusion about who is accountable for the care and safety of children with complex needs.

Jo Webber, Deputy Director of Policy at the NHS Confederaion said that confusion amongst the different organisations had already been at the root of a number of child protection tragedies during recent years.

She continued that there is a deept unease that reforms under the BHS bill would disrupt improvements in safeguarding which have been made recently.