Post by Focus on Mar 27, 2013 15:33:44 GMT
More children die unnecessarily in Britain than in any of 14 other western European countries, according to a study which found that thousands of lives could be saved each year.
Compared with Sweden there are 2,000 excess deaths in children aged under 14 in Britain every year, researchers reported in the Lancet journal.
More integrated care and better social policies designed to protect vulnerable children could also reduce the number of children dying unnecessarily in Britain each year
Part of the problem could be that some British doctors do not receive any specialist pediatric training as is the case in Sweden, which had the lowest child death rate.
More integrated care and better social policies designed to protect vulnerable children could also reduce the number of children dying unnecessarily in Britain each year, researchers said.
The study, led by researchers from of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was based child mortality figures in 15 leading EU nations produced last year by the World Health Organisation.
Prof Martin McKee, who led the project, said it exposed "striking inequalities" in children's health care across the 15 countries.
France, the second worst performing country, recorded just 962 more child deaths than Sweden – less than half the British figure.
When figures were adjusted to account for a country's size Britain still performed worse than virtually every other country in the study, with 47.73 deaths per 100,000 children each year.
Only Belgium had a worse rate with 47,77 deaths per 100,000 children annually. In Sweden the total was just 29.27 deaths per 100,000 children.
Experts said that if every country improved their child health services to the level of Sweden, thousands of lives could be saved across Europe each year.
One issue identified in the report was that there is too little cooperation between organisations which leads to worse health care.
In Britain the Department for Education launched a programme aimed at children with complex social and educational needs, but it had "little input from the health sector", researchers reported.
The Qualities and Outcomes Framework provides GPs with financial incentives for treating chronic disease in adults but contains "almost no" measures for children.
Swedish GPs are typically given at least three months' training in child health but many British doctors are given no specific pediatric training after they graduate.
The Swedish system was also praised for the closeness with which GPs, pediatricians and children's nurses work together, while in Britain the system is "more segregated".
Prof. Martin McKee
Writing in one of a series of papers in The Lancet, the researchers said: "If all countries in the EU15 could reduce their child mortality to that of Sweden, more than 6,000 excess deaths could have been prevented in 2010.
"This goal is achievable. Many aspects of child health are affected by government policies, especially policies that affect the distribution of resources, employment, housing, education and health care."
Prof McKee added: "While some countries have excelled, others have withdrawn services due to the financial crisis, failed to adapt to new health challenges, and lacked the will to implement public health policies around tobacco and alcohol.
"Policymakers must act now before children, migrants, and older people face a public health crisis, both in the UK and across Europe"
So what does this tell you?? -- That the government is full of f**ktards that's what!! - Fx