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Prevention Pays—Lessons from the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report: five years on
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    Policy reviews 5 years after valuable in holding to account
    • Mitch E BLair, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public HEalth Imperial College London

    Lemer has very usefully carried out a 5 year review of policy implementation. Policy is only as good as the receivers at the other end and these change frequently along with an ever changing political and economic landscape.Thus the exercise is valuable in not only taking stock but also reminding those in power of an independent review process with recommendations which should transcend governments. Sadly , the focus on funding education of the workforce (recommendations 10-12) do not appear to have been a priority and without this foundation, we will not move ahead sufficiently fast with a child and family friendly service. The Children and Young Persons Outcomes Framework is similarly the result of much work in a previous government and must not be allowed to whither on the vine. Perhaps we should regularly remind policy makers in the current administration of the value of persistence with other such initiatives which have a broad professional consensus and can be dusted off and re-badged as necessary to tempt politicians to move the goal posts a little closer to what is required to optimize child health? Lets see how far we have got in another 5 years.

    Conflict of Interest:
    I was one of the chapter authors of the CMO report.