Report Shows Where Kids Live may Determine NHS Care for Kids with Epilepsy

According to information posted in a new report that deals with healthcare options for kids with epilepsy in Britain, there are major differences in what type of care kids are getting, dependent on where the kids live. These variations in treatment are wider between some health trusts in England insofar as what treatment the kids get during emergency admissions.

The NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for Children and Young people states that “emergency rate admissions for children with epilepsy varied as much as nine-fold between the best and the worst primary care trusts (PCTs).”

Even if some of the differences are able to be explained socio-economic factors, what their individual health needs are, and the kids’ ethnicities, the variation has also been viewed as a concern in just how inappropriate these clinical practices are with regards to the inequality of the practice. This new report was based on health service information from PCTs.

The report stated that: ‘Differences in the provision of local primary and community care, and in particular out-of-hours urgent care, are likely to account for much of the variation in the demand for emergency care in children.’

The chief executive of Epilepsy Society says [about the report]: “It is disappointing to see such a variation between PCTs across the country. Epilepsy care should not be a postcode lottery but should be consistent across the country. It is our challenge to work with the new commissioning groups to improve essential services both for children and adults with epilepsy and to ensure that with better care and management the number of emergency admissions is reduced.”

Children’s epilepsy is something that is hard to treat and this information just makes the condition harder to swallow for the parents. Still, there are many different medications that are used to treat the condition. One of those medications includes Topamax; however, Topamax has been linked to various adverse side effects including birth defects. Some of the birth defects linked to Topamax include PPHN, oral clefts, cleft palate, neural tube defects and heart, lung and brain defects.

If your baby was born with any of the birth defects linked to Topamax after being exposed to the drug in-utero, contact the attorneys at Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your child’s injuries.

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