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DoH outlines proposals for care of children with long-term health problems

3rd October 2008

Youngsters who have long-term or complex care requirements are the subject of new proposals outlined by the Department of Health (DoH) this week.

A consultation was launched yesterday, which focuses on the National Framework for Assessing Children’s Continuing Care.

This aims to develop a “package of care” for every young person or child needing extended care due to illness, disability or accident.

The DoH said the measures will support the parents or carers in managing the responsibilities involved outside of the school setting, while also including NHS, education and social services assistance.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw, who is also the Labour MP for Exeter, emphasised the need for more transparency when it comes to decisions about a child’s care.

“This framework will ensure that all children who may need continuing care are assessed against the same criteria wherever they live,” he said. “[It] will also ensure that the child and their family are kept at the heart of this process.”

Primary care trusts and local authorities will also be assisted as part of the framework to achieve complete information regarding a child’s health requirements. This is aimed at helping to standardise decisions made across the country.

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