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NHS to take charge of health services for vulnerable youngsters

31st May 2011

Responsibility for commissioning health services for vulnerable children and young people in the secure estate are to be delegated to the NHS.

Care services minister Paul Burstow has announced the change as part of a move to improve access to high-quality healthcare among this patient population, in light of the complex needs they often possess.

Until now, health services for secure children's homes and training centres were commissioned by individual institutions with Ministry of Justice funding, with the new model set to be more efficient.

The change also brings commissioning policy for the secure estate in line with procedures already in place in young offender institutions.

Mr Burstow said: "By transferring responsibility to the NHS, we can improve the health and wellbeing of these children and young people, potentially reducing rates of reoffending."

Earlier this month, the minister also announced that all local authorities will be compelled to set up a Safeguarding Adults Board under plans to strengthen protection of vulnerable patients.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800561837-ADNFCR

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