The plan, which is naturally owned by the NHS, has scant regard for how it will relate to schools. Why are teachers and educators not central to it?

The government’s NHS 10-year plan, which launched last month, has been broadly praised by children’s organisations. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, for one, celebrates that “it lays the foundations for an NHS with infants, children and young people at its core”. But does it?

The plan, which aims to transform an overloaded health service, comes at an important time for children. The need is stark. We have some of the worst outcomes for children’s health, education, social care, youth justice and poverty in the developed world.

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