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Health Services: Children

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Maternity Services was first asked to produce her reports (a) “Making it better: For children and young people” and (b) “Making it better: For mother and baby”, published on 6 February. (123134)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State asked Sheila Shribman on 7 November 2006 to produce these reports. They are part of a series of published reports by National Clinical Directors (NCDs), setting out the clinical case for change in their respective specialties. NCDs are experts, and each oversees the implementation of a national service framework (NSF) and represents the professional and client group interests and issues in the Department. NCDs work with policy and delivery teams, clinical networks and the national health service management community to achieve joined-up action. Dr. Shribman is in charge of implementation of the NSF for Children, Young People and Maternity Services.