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CQC inspections overlook community child health services
  1. Cliona Ni Bhrolchain
  1. Community paediatrician (retired), Wirral, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Cliona Ni Bhrolchain, Community Paediatrician (retired), Wirral, UK; clionanib{at}

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UK community paediatricians work outside hospital in community child health (CCH) services, specialising in the clinical care of children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), CYP at risk of abuse and those looked after by the local authority. They also hold statutory roles in these areas, implementing the legal duties of health commissioners. CCH service performance is poorly scrutinised.1 Ad hoc surveys show that CCH cannot meet National Health Service (NHS) access and treatment standards,2 performance that would be unacceptable in other services. In England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspects all health providers for fundamental standards of care.3 Does CCH feature in CQC inspections?

All health inspection reports relevant to CCH, published from 1 January 2019 to 30 June …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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