Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum

Ministers have today published a full response to the recommendations made by the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum last year. The response has been compiled by the Department of Health, with a range of other agencies, Government departments, health regulators, Royal Colleges and organisations involved in the development and delivery of child health.

The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum was an independent group set up by former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in 2012 to help develop a new strategy for improving care for children and young people in England. It reported in July 2012 and made a number of recommendations for improving the health system. The response published today sets out a new pledge to improve child health outcomes and the next steps.

Barbara Gelb, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives was a member of Forum and today commented.

“I very much welcome today’s publication which is an important response to the recommendations of the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum. It is particularly encouraging that the Government has collaborated closely with key organisations at a system wide level to develop the response, which includes an important pledge to improve the lives of children and families.   

“There is a real opportunity now for Government to work with the wider system to address some of the hugely complex issues highlighted by today’s report. It is clear that a great deal of work will be needed across the whole system in order to bring about the necessary changes and I look forward to playing an active role in the Forum as it drives this agenda forward.”

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