Within three years the NHS has turned a deficit of more than 500m into a potential 1.8bn surplus. But maternity, neonatal and children's health services are still suffering. Cathy Wallace investigates how staff shortages and budget cuts are affecting services.
The latest progress report on the government's 10-year plan for improving children's health was generally positive about the progress the NHS has made towards its goals. But as Helen Gilbert finds, a number of concerns about progress remain.
A report published by the National Children's Bureau has found that social workers and hospital staff remain professionally isolated and young lives are being adversely affected by the lack of communication. Mathew Little asks if a shake-up is needed.
Despite proven health benefits for mothers and babies, many hospitals in England are failing in their duty to promote good practice on breastfeeding. Nancy Rowntree reports on why so few maternity units are implementing baby-friendly policies.
Released under a storm of internal mud-slinging, the Conservatives' proposals for public services combine a throwback to Thatcherism with innovative ideas for education. They have gained a mixed reaction from the sector, as Cathy Wallace finds out.