report in The Times today which highlights that thousands of children that are dying because of failings in the health service.  
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NHS failings cause an alarming 1,600 child deaths every year

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In a speech today, the Health Minister, Dan Poulter MP, will suggest that "identifiable failures" in care were the cause of a quarter of child deaths, with 43% of deaths involving "potentially avoidable factors".  Britain's childhood mortality rates are amongst the worst in Europe.

As a result of these findings, the Government is calling for review of the provision of care for children and the introduction of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Board. 

One of the problems highlighted by a recent report is that there is a shortage of staff with paediatric training and many schools no longer have access to a nurse who can often ensure the early intervention that is required.

It will be interesting to see whether these measures do impact on the care that children receive.   It is a terrible indictment of our system that we have the among the worst mortality rates for the most vulnerable in our society.

Annabelle Eyre
Clinical Negligence team

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