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Children must not be forgotten in health care debates, warns Alexander Devine charity

Children must not be forgotten in health care debates, warns Alexander Devine charity

James Harrison

Children must not be forgotten about in future debates about the direction of health care, a leading charity has warned.

Helen Bennett, director of care at the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, was speaking at a meeting of the Royal Borough’s Health and Wellbeing Board last night to give an update on efforts to create a children’s palliative care team for Berkshire.

Addressing the board, she said: “I think there’s a real drive for us to focus on adult end-of-life care and it’s important that children don’t get forgotten in that.”

She went on to highlight a lack of health care professionals trained to deal with child end-of-life care, adding ‘there are more children with a life-limiting condition than are accessing the service’.

The board also heard from Chief Inspector Gavin Wong, of Thames Valley Police, (TVP) about plans to pilot a mental health street triage scheme in East Berkshire to provide an out-of-hours ‘rapid response capability’ to assess mental health issues encountered by police.

If approved, the scheme, which would cover Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough and Bracknell Forest, is expected to cost £136,000 a year, with TVP supplying about £57,000.

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