Research centre to focus on children's early lives

A research centre is to be set up to investigate issues relating to early life, from before conception up to the age of five.

Warwick Medical School
University of Warwick

The new Centre for Early Life will bring together experts from across the University of Warwick, including Warwick Medical School, the Institute of Digital Healthcare and Warwick Mathematics Institute, among others.

It aims to develop new clinical tests and treatments by partnering with industry and the local Coventry and Warwickshire NHS trust.

Professor Jan Brosens, co-director of the new centre, said that progress in preventing "adverse pregnancy outcomes" and improving the health of women and their babies had been “inexcusably slow in recent decades".

"By bringing together top academics with an exceptional range of skill sets, the centre is poised to drive innovation in reproductive healthcare in the UK.”

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States votes against free GP appointments for children

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

The States Assembly has voted against a change that would have made GP appointments free for all children in Jersey until 2021.

Deputy Carina Alves had proposed the interim measures while a more affordable primary care scheme is devised by the health minister for the start of next year.

Deputy Alves told the States "good health should not be determined by income".

A reduced fee of £10 for children's consultations was introduced during the coronavirus crisis, but is due to end on 9 August.

It coincides with the return of GPs to private practice, after the States agreed to directly employ them during a four-month period.

A proposal to axe a £120 fee for a women's 'pregnancy package' was also rejected by the States.

In February, it was voted that the health minister must devise a plan which reduces "financial barriers for patients who are financially, clinically or socially vulnerable" by 1 January 2021.

Deputy Richard Renouf said he expected to lodge his proposition in September.