A shadow health care system is needed to tackle the growing numbers of children who suffer from conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea, and heart problems.
It’s not just about money, but also about the quality of the care being provided, according to the head of UK shadow health for health minister Simon Burns.
“The reality is that the NHS is not designed for the many people who are vulnerable to these conditions,” said Burns.
“We need a health system that is fit for purpose for people with complex conditions, but designed to help manage their own lives.”
In addition to tackling the problem of a lack of health services, the plan is also being presented to address the concerns over child care.
In a letter to the BBC, the health minister explained that “the NHS needs a more flexible approach to child care and carers”, adding that the plan would “help address these concerns.”
The plan proposes a flexible childcare system for children with complex medical conditions.
It will be tailored to meet the needs of children with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apneas, heart problems and allergies.
Children under two years old will be included.
The plan will also include an expansion of children’s access to care, as well as support for those who want to go into early education.
And there’s still a long way to go, with the plan still only being proposed for the first half of 2020.
However, according the health secretary, Dr Sian James, “there’s no question that this is a big issue that has to be addressed in the next year.”
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