Kids’ care falls short

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CARE for tens of thou­sands of chil­dren who are ter­mi­nally ill has been slammed as “patchy and in­con­sis­tent” by a char­ity.

Barely two thirds of NHS au­thor­i­ties com­mis­sion chil­dren’s nurses out of hours and at week­ends.

With­out this sup­port, fam­i­lies tend to call an am­bu­lance or go to A&E.

But the Gov­ern­ment says chil­dren should be cared for at home with the sup­port of com­mu­nity ser­vices where pos­si­ble.

Bar­bara Gelb, of char­ity To­gether for Short Lives, which gath­ered t he pal­lia­tive care data, said: “A child can de­te­ri­o­rate quickly. Be­ing able to call on com­mu­nity ser­vice in the night is cru­cial.”

GOOD FORM: Roger Dal­trey

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