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Setting standards for preventative services to reduce child health inequalities in Greater Manchester

By Deborah Baker, Serena McCluskey and NHS The Association of Greater Manchester Primary Care Trusts

Abstract

Recent policy documents such as Every Child Matters and the National Service Framework for\ud Children, Young People and Maternity Services have indicated a fundamental shift in ways of\ud thinking about child health, emphasising the crucial role of preventative action as well as\ud treatment for ensuring that children have the best possible chance to reach their full potential.\ud This is paramount in deprived areas, where child poverty translates itself into social\ud disadvantage that affects the life chances of children from birth onwards. Whilst the NHS\ud cannot tackle the fundamental drivers of child poverty, it can make a substantial contribution to\ud improving the health and life chances of children living in deprived areas through making sure\ud that parents have access to the services they need and have the information and support to\ud make the best choices about the health and development of their children.\ud The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its strategy on equity in health states that disparities\ud in health status between different groups in the population should be reduced by improving the\ud health of the disadvantaged. Hence, the National Service Framework for Children, Young\ud People and Maternity Services set down 11 standards that define, in general terms, the aims\ud and objectives of services for all children (standards 1-5), services for particular groups of\ud children and young people (standards 6-10) and maternity services (standard 11). These\ud standards underpin a more generic health inequalities target that sets the goal of a reduction of\ud at least 10% in the gap in infant mortality between manual groups and the population as a\ud whole in 2010

Topics: H1, HQ, RJ101
Publisher: University of Salford
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:9199

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