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Analysis

How the NHS hopes to improve children’s care by investing in the community

NHS Long Term Plan looks to bring key staff together in primary care networks
Child care

More investment promised in neonatal care and school-based mental health support

When it comes to the health of children and young people, the NHS Long Term Plan admits that the health service's record has been mixed in recent years.

The plan praises the progress made in cancer treatment and the reduction in stillbirths and neonatal deaths in England, and calls for this to continue.

It states that, by the end of this year, all children with cancer should receive whole genome sequencing to aid diagnosis and treatment.

For neonatal care, the plan promises more intensive care cots and extra nurses, alongside a host of pledges on maternity services.

But it also says it is time to broaden the focus of the NHS in caring for children, and accepts that care for those with long-term conditions and mental health problems

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