Kids’ care falls short
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.”
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