David Icke says… “The prime motivation for this is not to protect children (if, only), it is to justify ever more children with loving parents being stolen by the State – the very State with a grotesque record of abusing children in ‘care’ and the covering up what happened – especially when it involves the rich and famous.
Don’t be fooled by the sales-pitch behind this ‘scheme’ – the State wants control of all children and this is only another stepping-stone to that end (see Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World).”
All children who visit hospital casualty departments or out-of-hours GPs will be run through a national database to spot signs of abuse by “devious parents”, ministers say.
By John-Paul Ford Rojas
Dec 28, 2012
Each emergency visit would be connected via an NHS computer system under the £8.6 million scheme, designed to help uncover abuse and neglect by revealing patterns of even minor injuries suffered by children.
Ministers want all hospitals to be using the system by 2015.
It is part of a joined-up approach, which will also tie in records from social services and other parts of the NHS, designed to prevent a repeat of “terrible cases” of failures such as the deaths of Baby P and Victoria Climbie.
Doctors will be told they should ask questions if they see a pattern of suspicious injuries, or if parents have been taking their children to many different hospitals.
Dan Poulter, the health minister, told The Times that it would “stop those very devious parents who do abuse children from trying to pitch up at a number of locations and trying to hoodwink medical professionals into thinking everything’s all right when it’s not”.
Medical staff will also be able to see if the children they treat are subject to a child protection plan or are being looked after – meaning they are already identified as being at risk.
The plans were broadly welcomed by doctors though there were concerns it could be scuppered by the health service’s dubious record on IT.
Dr Poulter said: “Doctors and nurses are often the first people to see children who are victims of abuse.
“Up until now, it has been hard for frontline healthcare professionals to know if a child is already listed as being at risk or if children have been repeatedly seen in different emergency departments or urgent care centres with suspicious injuries or complaints, which may indicate abuse.
“Providing instant access to that information means vulnerable and abused children will be identified much more quickly – which will save lives.
“Baby P and Victoria Climbie were both shocking and tragic cases – we want to do everything we can to stop them happening again. This is a huge leap forward and will give the authorities a fighting chance of identifying abused children much sooner.”
The Department of Health said that at the moment it was difficult to tell if children have frequently had urgent treatment, but this could be important for spotting abuse, particularly if the child has suspicious injuries such as bruising, scratches, bite marks and burns.