Barbara attended the launch of a new report by the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign to show her support for action to improve health services for children with disabilities.
Barbara met representatives from Primary Care Trusts, local councils and voluntary organisations to discuss how to improve health services for disabled children.
Welcoming the launch of the report, Barbara said:
“Disabled children often face barriers when accessing GPs and dentists, due to a lack of training or awareness among health professionals. Families with disabled children who need specialist health services such as equipment or wheelchairs often don’t receive the help they need quickly enough.
“We are making progress on this, as the Government recently committed extra money to help disabled children and their families. An additional £340 million will now be given to Primary Care Trusts to help disabled children – bringing the total investment in disabled children to £770 million over the next three years. The Health Secretary and the Children’s Secretary have also written to Primary Care Trusts, including Salford Primary Care Trust, setting out specific action that should be taken to improve the lives of disabled children.
“There is still work to do to improve services for disabled children and their families. I will continue to support the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign to help bring about the changes in the health service that are needed.”
The report can be downloaded at http://www.edcm.org.uk/health