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Injuries: Children

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she plans to take in response to the Audit Commission report on preventing unintentional injury to children; and if she will make a statement; (127297)

(2) what assessment her Department has made of the potential contribution of a national roll-out of the injury minimisation programme pioneered at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford to the reduction of unintentional injury to children.

Preventing unintentional injury to children is a cross-Government and cross-disciplinary matter. The Department will consider the recommendations of the Audit Commission's report in partnership with other Government Departments. Specific injury minimisation programmes should be considered by local authorities and health care organisations when commissioning services.